NFC North: Cleo Lemon
For the most part, we'll leave the Brett Favre story in the rear-view mirror unless he or Minnesota starts having second thoughts about the sudden end of their pending marriage. (And we all know that would NEVER happen.) I am still planning to be in Mankato, Minn., later Wednesday, but the focus of the Vikings' story now shifts to how the team rebounds from Favre's decision.
We'll have access to whatever players have reported to camp starting in the early evening. Players technically don't have to be at camp until a mandatory meeting Thursday morning, so we'll get who we get and bring you what we can bring you.
For now, let's get caught up on rest of the division:
- Detroit worked out quarterbacks Cleo Lemon, Craig Nall and Brooks Bollinger on Tuesday but did not immediately sign any of them, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. The Lions have spoken about adding a veteran backup, but this workout could have been to build scouting files on all three in the event they need a passer in the future. The Lions did sign veteran cornerback Will James and announced a deal with seventh-round pick Lydon Murtha.
- John Niyo of the Detroit News offers a look at the Lions' defense by position.
- Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com notes Detroit could have four new starters in the secondary.
- Chicago defensive back Corey Graham is expecting to work with the first team at cornerback in the wake of Charles Tillman's back surgery, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
- Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times wonders how much more Tillman's body can take.
- The Tribune's David Haugh writes the Bears should avoid signing a veteran cornerback along the lines of Mike McKenzie or Patrick Surtain. Haugh: "Charles Tillman's surprising back surgery that will keep him out of training camp might tempt the Bears to explore signing an experienced cornerback to help shore up depth at a suddenly weak position. But just like the unemployed veteran wide receivers that some fans have clamored for the Bears to sign, good reasons generally exist for players to be without a contract this close to the start of a season."
- Green Bay considers safety Atari Bigby a likely starter even though he missed offseason practices recovering from ankle surgery, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a frank look at the attributes and limitations of tailback Ryan Grant.
- Minnesota is close to a deal with second-round draft pick Phil Loadholt, writes Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.