NFC North: DeAngelo Smith
According to ESPN's John Clayton, Detroit released four players: receiver Michael Ray Garvin, running back Cedric Peerman, cornerback DeAngelo Smith and defensive tackle Terrance Taylor.
Meanwhile, in Green Bay, the Packers re-signed safety Charlie Peprah and released tight end Devin Frischknecht. Jason Wilde has more at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Green Bay linebacker Jeremy Thompson on his retirement due to a neck injury: "I'm a newlywed. I just have to try to move on. Football was my first love, but I have to move on." Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune: "If the Bears are going to add some players in the secondary free agent market, it's going to take some time to play out and they'll be focusing on the bargain bin."
- Bears draft pick Corey Wooten proposed to his girlfriend, DePaul basketball player Felicia Chester, on Friday night. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times has the story.
- The Bears hadn't contacted the agent for free-agent guard Alan Faneca as of Monday night, according to Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News on the Lions' possibly cooling pursuit of free-agent cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones: "But it seems the additions of [Amari] Spievey, and free-agent acquisitions Chris Houston, Jonathan Wade and Dante Wesley, put the Lions in a situation where acquiring Jones could be more of a luxury than a necessity."
- Lions coach Jim Schwartz is still looking for more defensive players, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press speaks with local hero Nate Triplett, the Minnesota linebacker drafted by the Vikings.
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune lists the numbers chosen by the Vikings' draft class.
Speaking to reporters in Detroit on the second day of the Lions’ offseason program, quarterback Matthew Stafford said he is throwing at full strength but acknowledged his surgically repaired knee is not yet 100 percent. He had arthroscopic surgery Dec. 29.
“I wasn’t running full speed with the guys,” Stafford said, according to a transcript provided by the Lions. “I was doing a separate conditioning thing, but other than that I was going.”
Stafford said he should be ready for the Lions’ veteran minicamp later this spring. If this were training camp, I would be alarmed. But dialing down a March conditioning run is pretty typical for players returning from surgery.
The Lions also re-signed three players Tuesday. Safety Marquand Manuel signed a one-year contract, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. Meanwhile, Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com reports the Lions also agreed to terms with defensive end Copeland Bryan and cornerback DeAngelo Smith.
Brohm, the 56th overall pick of the 2008 draft, signed Wednesday night with Buffalo, according to multiple media reports, including this one by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Brohm has spent the season on the Packers’ practice squad and was eligible to sign onto any team’s 53-man roster. The Packers tried to match Buffalo’s offer, according to the Journal Sentinel, but Brohm declined and instead chose a fresh start with the Bills.
The Packers drafted Brohm before Aaron Rodgers developed into their long-term starter. It’s a good thing: Brohm struggled in both of his training camps with the Packers and was far behind Matt Flynn, a seventh-round pick in 2008, on the depth chart.
The Brohm situation might be the reason the Packers released receiver Jake Allen; they didn’t immediately fill his roster spot Wednesday. Allen was claimed on waivers by Cleveland.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- New defensive coordinator Dom Capers has elevated the Packers to the NFL’s No. 4 ranking against the run, notes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee offers his spin on the Rodgers-Alex Smith story.
- Following up on Wednesday’s stadium hiccup in Minnesota: The Vikings angrily rejected a lease extension offer from the commission that runs the Metrodome. Owner Zygi Wilf said in a letter that the offer, coming at a time when he is seeking a new stadium, makes him question the future of the Vikings in Minnesota.
- A contract extension for coach Brad Childress isn’t finalized, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- Chicago has turned down all on-camera interview requests with NBC in advance of Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Bears center Olin Kreutz (back) should play Sunday night, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is 4-9 in his 13 career night games, notes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
- Detroit signed cornerback DeAngelo Smith off the Bears’ practice squad, the eighth defensive back they have added since the start of the season, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions safety Louis Delmas says his infected tooth has healed, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News.
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Rounding up significant roster moves around the NFC North:
- Chicago re-signed linebacker/special-teams coverage ace Darrell McClover in part to replenish its depth as Hunter Hillenmeyer recovers from a rib injury. Cornerback DeAngelo Smith was released to make room for McClover on the roster.
- Green Bay worked out free agent offensive tackle Levi Jones and five other offensive lineman Monday. But the only player the Packers added was guard Stanley Daniels, who was signed to the practice squad. I’m guessing the Jones workout was to build a scouting report in the event that a roster move needs to be made later this season.
- Minnesota released center Kory Lichtensteiger and promoted center Jon Cooper from the practice squad.
- Update: Detroit re-signed defensive tackle Chuck Darby and released cornerback Marcus McCauley, according to Tom Kowalksi of Mlive.com.
There's a hole in my heart
That can only be filled by you.
And this hole in my heart
Can't be filled with the things I do.
Can't say I heard Extreme playing in Chicago's locker room on Sunday, but Green Bay officials made an interesting discovery Monday. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, there was a "fist-sized hole" in a wall of the visitor's locker room at Lambeau Field.
The hole appeared sometime between the last home game, Oct. 19 against Indianapolis, and Sunday's 37-3 Packers victory over the Bears. A Packers spokesman said the team has no plans to investigate.
This isn't the first time the Packers' visitor's locker room has incurred damage. After a victory over Minnesota in 2002, a few holes appeared in the wall of a temporary trailer used to house the visiting team during Lambeau construction.
Now, on to more substantive matters around the NFC North:
- The Packers' third-ranked pass defense will have its hands full next Monday against New Orleans, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Left tackle Chris Williams, the Bears' No. 1 draft pick, saw his first action on offense Sunday at Lambeau Field. David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune ponders whether the Bears should squeeze Williams into the starting lineup.
- Could Danieal Manning supplant Devin Hester as the Bears' kickoff returner? Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the possibility.
- Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson did not get the ball in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 19-13 loss at Tampa Bay, points out Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Vikings coach Brad Childress defended a hit that likely will draw an NFL fine for defensive end Ray Edwards, writes Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
- Detroit tailback Kevin Smith inserted some humor into the Lions locker room, noting that his 112-yard effort Sunday at Carolina was "OK" but that "every back on the field had 100 yards." Indeed, as Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com points out, the Panthers' DeAngelo Smith and Jonathan Stewart both crossed the 100-yard barrier as well.
- Detroit kicker Jason Hanson was surprised to hear coach Rod Marinelli criticized for not attempting a 58-yard field goal Sunday, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Hanson: "I can't think of another circumstance ever where there would be questioning why you didn't kick a 58 1/2-yarder. That's just the situation we put ourselves in."