Black and Blue all over: Catching up


Well, well. I took a couple hours away from the blog following the NFL owners meeting, and here's all I missed:

Chicago is planning to part ways with a core member of its defense. A Pro Bowl quarterback wants to play for Minnesota, but the team that wants him most is Oakland. The Vikings signed another cross-border free agent. The success of a certain Oklahoma quarterback's Monday workout suggested more strongly than ever Detroit will be in position to draft Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

That's not bad for the final weekend of March. Let's do some catching up here Tuesday morning:

  • The Vikings signed former Green Bay defensive end Mike Montgomery, who told Tom Pelissero of the soon-to-be ESPN Twin Cities that he is hoping to play left end in Minnesota. Montgomery wasn't a good fit for the Packers' 3-4 defense.

  • The Vikings hosted cornerback Tye Hill on a visit Monday, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, and Hill is deciding whether to sign with them or Tennessee. Hill played in eight games for Atlanta last season.

  • Two of the players who rotated at left guard for Detroit last season have signed their restricted free-agent tenders, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. But at this point, it's unclear whether Manny Ramirez or Daniel Loper will get a chance to start in 2010.

  • The Lions' defensive line could be on its way to becoming a team strength, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.

  • Chicago tight end Greg Olsen showed up for the first day of the Bears' offseason program, further suggesting he will be in a Bears uniform this season rather than be traded. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has the story.

  • Defensive end Mark Anderson, a potential Bears starter in 2010, was among a group of players who did not show for workouts, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. Anderson has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender.

  • It's only a matter of time before everyone will see "exactly how good" Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is, Washington coach Mike Shanahan told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Remember former NFL kick returner Chad Morton? He's now a Green Bay assistant and is profiled here by Mike Spofford of Packers.com.