Thursday, March 11, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Busy Thursday
By Kevin Seifert
It should be an interesting day here in the NFC North.
As we noted Wednesday night, free-agent tailback LaDainian Tomlinson has arrived in the Twin Cities and will meet again with Vikings coaches Thursday. If he likes what he sees, it's not out of the question Tomlinson will agree to terms by the end of the day.
It's also pro day at Nebraska, where Detroit officials will get a first-hand look at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
We'll be here to take you along for the ride. For now, let's catch up on news around the NFC North:
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tomlinson's visit: "The Vikings need to pull a Don Corleone and make him an offer he can't refuse. They get him, and they get better."
- Mark Craig of the Star Tribune: "My general rule of thumb on picking up discarded 31-year-old running backs is quite similar to the one governing ax-wielding hitchhikers at midnight: Don't do it! But LT certainly would deserve the benefit of the doubt if the Vikings sign him. Especially since he would be coming in as a third-down back and backup to Adrian Peterson."
- Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams testified Wednesday that he took StarCaps to lessen fluid buildup around his knees and ankles.
- Buffalo will host Minnesota defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy on a free-agent visit. Here's more from ESPN.com colleague Tim Graham.
- Green Bay guard Daryn Colledge might skip the Packers' offseason workouts, but Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that most players are likely to participate.
- Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew was at Oklahoma State's pro day, where left tackle Russell Okung worked out. Murray Evans of The Associated Press has more.
- Lions center Dominic Raiola: "[I]t's a little more exciting around here and you can sense there's a little more buzz to the offseason." Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News checks in with Raiola on the Lions' offseason.
- Chicago signed free-agent fullback Eddie Williams.