Sunday, February 26, 2012
BBAO: Sunday morning update
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
INDIANAPOLIS -- The media portion of the 2012 NFL scouting combine wraps up Sunday, and soon I'll be making my way back to NFC North blog headquarters. While we have a moment, let's catch up on some Sunday morning headlines around the division:
- Chicago Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, their 2011 first-round draft pick, is hoping to have recovered from a series of knee surgeries in time to participate in the Bears' offseason program in April. Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com has more.
- The Bears need receiving help, but signing free agent receivers is no sure thing, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
- It's time for the Detroit Lions to start addressing their aging offensive line, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- The Lions aren't expected to off a restricted free agent tender to linebackers Ashlee Palmer, writes Tim Twentyman of the team's web site.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit News wonders if USC defensive end Nick Perry will be available with the Lions' No. 23 overall pick in the first round.
- Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel breaks down what players likely will be gone when the Green Bay Packers draft at No. 28 and what players might be options for them to draft.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "The Green Bay Packers shouldn’t have much troubling marrying their needs to the best player available in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. All they have to do is take the best defensive player on their board."
- Buyers should beware of pending free agent quarterback Matt Flynn, according to analyst Brian Billick via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune wonders if the Minnesota Vikings should consider drafting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
- The Vikings should avoid getting cute in the draft, warns Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- If Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is ready to play in Week 1, it will come on a limited basis, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.