We're Black and Blue All Over:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The No. 7 overall pick of the 2008 draft has drawn interest from half of the NFC North. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, has visits scheduled with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Saints are transitioning to a 3-4 scheme, leaving them to part ways with several mainstays of their previous 4-3. Ellis started 70 games for the Saints, but recorded only a half-sack in the two seasons after notching a career-high six in 2010.
Neither the Bears nor the Lions have obvious openings for a starter, especially in the three-technique role Ellis is said to prefer. The Bears plan to start Henry Melton and Stephen Paea as their two defensive tackles, while the Lions have Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. But depth is an issue for both teams. Ellis visited the New England Patriots last week.
Continuing around the NFC North as we gear up for the start of the Green Bay Packers' minicamp:
As we noted Monday night, Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly tweeted that he will be at minicamp for what is believed to be the first time since the NFL reinstated him from a three-year suspension.
Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette examines the Packers' drive to create more fumbles.
The Packers held all of the leverage in negotiations with cornerback Sam Shields, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Shields signed his $2.02 million restricted free agent tender on Monday.
The Packers aren't intending to give defensive tackle B.J. Raji a contract extension anytime soon, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has an excellent take on why the Bears didn't release tight end Evan Rodriguez after his second arrest of the season: They aren't ready to admit defeat in their 2012 draft class.
The Bears have no reason to trust Rodriguez to correct his mistakes, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
The Detroit Lions have signed two veteran interior linemen in recent days, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: Leroy Harris and Jake Scott.
Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News profiles Lions receiver Patrick Edwards.
All eyes remain on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
The proposed skyways connecting parking ramps to the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium could cost the public $6.4 million, according to the Star Tribune.