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Monday, April 23, 2012
NFC North Quick Hits: Monday

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

A few newsbits from the first day of draft week in the NFL:

Item: Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said Monday that he is focused on seven players he might select at No. 19 overall in this week's NFL draft.
Comment: If Emery had revealed the names of any of those seven, that would have been some serious news. It's safe to assume that some defensive ends are on his list.

Item: Emery wouldn't rule out the Bears starring on HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2012.
Comment: I am also not willing to rule out my election as President of the United States. But I don't think it's going to happen.

Item: The Bears announced their signing of veteran offensive lineman Chilo Rachal.
Comment: Rachal will provide depth at multiple positions.

Item: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be the Green Bay Packers' most tenured player in 2012, following the release of left tackle Chad Clifton.
Comment: As Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com points out, the futures of safety Nick Collins and receiver Donald Driver are both tenuous. It's not out of the question that Rodgers, drafted in 2005, could become the team's most senior player.

Item: Political maneuvers were underway Monday to revive the Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill in the state House of Representatives.
Comment: It would not be at all surprising to see the bill at least reach the floor of both houses of Minnesota government for vote.