We're Black and Blue All Over:
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some details on the contract extensions the Green Bay Packers have signed with general manager Ted Thompson and are negotiating with coach Mike McCarthy.
Thompson's deal, announced last Friday, adds three additional years to his existing contract and takes him through the 2015 season.
McCarthy's deal, which has not yet been announced, will also be for three additional years and will average about $5 million per year. His current contract averages about $4 million.
In 2015, Thompson will be 61 and will have been on the job for 10 years. McGinn reports the Packers were "overjoyed" that he agreed to this latest extension. There was some concern that Thompson was ready to shed the stress of the general manager's job and return to his home state of Texas to finish his career as an area scout.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Packers did not renew the contract of coaching administrator Curtis Fuller, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Minnesota Vikings won't force themselves to select a quarterback in the April draft, vice president Rick Spielman told reporters Tuesday, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
There has been no decision on whether the Vikings will use the franchise tag, according to Dana Wessel of 1500ESPN.com.
The mayor of Minneapolis is objecting to the Vikings' stadium negotiations with Ramsey County and the suburb of Arden Hills, according to Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune.
If a stadium was built on the site of the Metrodome, the Vikings would have to play three seasons at TCF Bank Stadium, Vikings vice president Lester Bagley told Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "The NFL's assistant coaches have long considered unionizing, and they're reportedly planning to meet at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to gauge interest in moving forward with the endeavor. And a situation like Mike Tice's could come into play."
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wonders if the Lions will have a legitimate kicking competition this summer.