Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Rosie and Michael Gaines
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Rosalita came out Monday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Let's see if she visits you Tuesday at the United Center. Best of luck.
And maybe, just maybe, she'll feat new Chicago tight end Michael Gaines -- who agreed to terms Monday with the Bears. (Killer segue, if I do say so myself.) Gaines, released shortly after the draft by Detroit, offers a strong blocking option to the Bears' receiving duo of Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen.
Unless Clark or Olsen is injured, Gaines will be competing for the No. 3 tight end spot. Gaines could also figure in a hybrid role as a tight end/blocking fullback, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
If he makes the team, Gaines will earn $1.25 million in 2009, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald wonders if the Bears were soured on veteran receivers after Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd produced underwhelming seasons in 2008.
- Green Bay safety Nick Collins insists he has stayed away from some offseason workouts because of family reasons, not because he is unhappy with his contract. Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story. Bedard also notes that Collins' statement contradicts that of coach Mike McCarthy, who has said that "business" has played a role in the situation.
- If you come to Packers games via U.S. 41 -- including anyone in the Appleton, Wis., area -- you might want to read about the construction planned for the highway. Patti Zarling of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has details.
- Detroit signed former Green Bay defensive end Jason Hunter, according to Scout.com via the Detroit News. The Packers released Hunter because he didn't fit into their new 3-4 scheme.
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune offers more details from Vikings president Mark Wilf's public comments on the possibility of acquiring quarterback Brett Favre. Included is this quote from Wilf: "We just feel as a whole, as a roster, we are trying to improve every day, but we feel we made a lot of steps to improve off an NFC North Division win, and I think we are ready to take that next step and to go all the way."
- Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway on Favre: "He's retired a couple of times, so you wonder where his loyalties lie." Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has that and more.