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Thursday, April 15, 2010
How I See It: NFC North Stock Watch

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

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Falling

Wardrobe expenses in Minnesota: Earlier this month, Vikings players reporting for the offseason conditioning program didn't see quarterback Brett Favre in the locker room. (Come on now.) But they did find a brand-spanking new pair of Wrangler jeans hanging in their lockers, courtesy of Favre. My guess is Favre spent a grand total of $0 on the gesture, considering his endorsement deal with the company. But hey, it's the thought that counts. For an encore, I suggest a round of HD televisions from Sears.

Rising

Chicago linebackers: The Bears got good news on two fronts this week, making it reasonable to suggest that linebacker is once again the deepest and strongest position on their roster. First, Pisa Tinoisamoa re-signed to take another run at elevating the strongside position. Tinoisamoa missed most of last season because of two knee injuries but has gotten medical clearance to return. If he stays healthy, Tinoisamoa is a cheap and valuable upgrade over the trio of players who worked the position in 2009. Second, general manager Jerry Angelo declared middle linebacker Brian Urlacher "100 percent" recovered from the wrist injury that sidelined him for 15 games last season. It was only a matter of time before Urlacher reached that threshold, but the timing means he will be able to maximize his offseason work during minicamps and OTAs.