NFC North: Anthony Cannon
Catching up on some NFC North odds and ends:
- Green Bay somewhat surprisingly matched the three-year offer sheet that defensive back Jarrett Bush signed Friday with Tennessee. The Packers must pay Bush, primarily a special teams player, $2 million this season under terms reported here by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You can only assume the Packers have bigger plans for Bush in 2009.
- Chicago confirmed that linebacker Nick Roach has signed his exclusive rights tender, making him eligible for mini-camp practices that start Tuesday. Roach figures to get plenty of work at outside linebacker with Hunter Hillenmeyer sidelined by injury.
- The Bears will have a number of veterans at mini-camp on a tryout basis, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. The group includes linebacker Tim McGarigle along with safeties Glenn Earl and Curome Cox. The arrangement allows the players to practice without having a signed contract.
- Detroit signed tight end Will Heller, who spent the past three seasons with Seattle. He has 36 receptions in six NFL seasons. It's not clear how the Heller signing affects the status of free agent L.J. Smith, who reportedly is no longer a candidate to sign with Atlanta. Smith visited the Lions last week
- The Lions released linebacker Anthony Cannon.
We'll use the blog today as a clearinghouse for all NFC North practice squad news. (Wow. There's a sentence you might not have read before.)
We expect teams to announce their lists throughout the day Sunday, so check back this afternoon and evening.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
- WR Jake Allen
- C Brennen Carvalho
- TE Joey Haynos
- LB Danny Lansanah
- DT Alfred Malone
- CB Joe Porter
- WR Brett Swain
- RB DeShawn Wynn
Of note: The Packers released Wynn during the first round of roster cuts, but he did start four games last season and gives them an excellent internal insurance policy should an injury occur elsewhere. Haynos is an interesting physical prospect at 6-foot-8 and should at least give the Packers' defense a good look on the scout team.
- LB Darnell Bing
- OL Matt Butler
- RB Allen Ervin
- WR Eric Fowler
- QB Drew Henson
- S LaMarcus Hicks
- WR Kenneth Moore
Of note: The Lions made two other roster moves, signing linebacker Ryan Nece and claiming runing back Marcus Thomas off waivers. Thomas, a fifth-round pick of San Diego this year, gives the Lions a third tailback behind Kevin Smith and Tatum Bell. To make room for Nece and Thomas, the Lions released linebacker Anthony Cannon and fullback/tight end Sean McHugh.