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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
BBAO: New take on Jim Schwartz contract

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Greetings from the shadow of Lambeau Field. Rolled into Green Bay just before midnight (CT) Monday and am raring to go for Day 1 of Green Bay Packers minicamp. Practice starts at 11:45 a.m. ET (10:45 a.m. in Green Bay). I'll offer some pithy thoughts via Twitter (@espn_nfcnblog) in real time, and the blog will start filling up by mid-afternoon.

Before we hopscotch around the division, I want to make special note of what I thought was a smart take on the apparently ongoing contract talks between the Detroit Lions and coach Jim Schwartz.

Most of us have assumed the sides would find common ground this offseason to eliminate the distraction of Schwartz opening the season with an expiring contract. But that makes more sense for the Lions than Schwartz, as Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com notes, and Schwartz could probably increase his leverage by waiting until after the 2012 season to do this deal.

The worst-case scenario is Schwartz leaving the team for, presumably, another head-coaching job. Otherwise, he could enhance his value to the Lions with another winning season. Even without one, the Lions' offer isn't likely to get lower from what it is now.

Chances are it won't come to that, but Richardson provided another angle to what could grow into a more significant story at some point.

Now for our division tour: