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Thursday, July 29, 2010
BBAO: Bryan Bulaga closing in on deal

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Now hear this: After a long offseason, we've made it! The first set of NFC North players will report to training camp TODAY. And yes, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will take the field Friday for their first practices of the summer. It is so on.

The start of camp always heightens attention on contract negotiations with draft picks, and here's what we can tell you as of Thursday morning: The most difficult contract in this division is likely to be that of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions' negotiations with Suh are moving "slowly." On the other hand, the Green Bay Packers reportedly are in position to strike a deal with offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga in time for their first practice Saturday, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bulaga is the final unsigned Packers player.

As for me, I'll be departing for my first training camp stop this evening. Details shortly.

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