Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Moving forward
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
I think we pretty much covered the Brett Favre angle Monday night. The upshot for those who missed it: Favre said in a live televised interview that the health of his arm will dictate whether he signs with Minnesota later this summer. He clearly is hoping it will, referring to the Vikings as "we" at one point during the interview.
I've got a few projects swirling here Tuesday morning -- who could have anticipated such a newsy June here in the NFC North? -- so the blogging will be a bit light for the next few hours. Check back early this afternoon for our next installment of As Favre Turns.
Until then, let's catch up on local coverage around the division:
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune writes that it's now the Vikings' turn to address the Favre situation in detail. That might be wishful thinking.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Bears are among the teams to have contacted the agent for receiver Plaxico Burress. The Bears could eventually enter bidding for Denver receiver Brandon Marshall as well. General manager Jerry Angelo must weigh which is the bigger gamble: Burress/Marshall or entering the season "without an upgrade at wide receiver," as Biggs puts it.
- Former Chicago receiver Brandon Lloyd signed with Denver. Here's the ESPN Chicago news story.
- Bears defensive line coach Rod Marinelli on the limitations of defensive tackle Tommie Harris' knee: "We've got to be smart with him in camp, and he's got to be able to get to work to be sharp, but I'm really excited about the guy." Marinelli appeared Monday on ESPN 1000 Radio.
- Former Detroit president/general manager Matt Millen on how his tenure with the Lions will aid his new jobs at ESPN and the NFL network: "You're only judged on wins and losses and so my tenure was not good. It was very poor. So instead, you learn a lot from failures, and I've learned a ton. So I can bring that to the table." Terry Foster of the Detroit News reports.
- Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the adjustments required of Green Bay offensive lineman Allen Barbre, who is working as Mark Tauscher's replacement at right tackle.