We're Black and Blue All Over:
We noted Monday that the Green Bay Packers were on the interest list of veteran free-agent center Jeff Saturday. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com confirms the next step in that process: Saturday actually visited the Packers on Monday, the first business day after incumbent Scott Wells signed with the St. Louis Rams.
Saturday has at least one more visit scheduled, to the Tennessee Titans, and there is wide speculation that he ultimately will join quarterback Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos. But the Packers rarely go so far as to entertain a notable free agent on a visit, let alone sign one, so we know they are serious about combing every possibility to replace Wells.
Other free-agent possibilities include Dan Koppen and Samson Satele.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Wells said he signed with the Rams because of his respect for new coach Jeff Fisher, notes Wilde.
Packers safety Nick Collins will have his neck examined next week, according to Wilde, and then hopefully have enough information at that point to know whether he can continue playing or must retire.
The Packers have yet to re-sign linebacker Erik Walden, notes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew appears confident he will re-sign middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions are scheduled to host free agent David Hawthorne on Tuesday, notes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
It appears the Lions will stage a training camp competition at punter between Ben Graham and Ryan Donahue, according to McCosky. Graham re-signed Monday.
The Chicago Bears need to use their first-round draft choice on a defensive end, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press thinks that Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman favors LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne over USC left tackle Matt Kalil. I can only assume that is draft posturing.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is lobbying members of the Minneapolis City Council for on the new Vikings stadium plan, notes the Star Tribune.
The Vikings will host fullback Jerome Felton on a visit, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings have made an offer to safety Husain Abdullah, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.