All four NFC North teams will open rookie orientation/minicamps Friday. After briefly considering my private plane options to cover each of them, I've decided to pull back and save the Black and Bluejet for another event.
The primary point of these camps are to get rookies acclimated to the practice routine so they'll be ready for organized team activities with veteran players later this spring. By NCAA/NFL rules, most rookies can't resume practicing until at least mid-May.
To account for full practices, teams use their college free agents and typically bring in a couple dozen "tryout" players as well. I'll probably drop by the media access period after Minnesota's first practice Friday and will have a roundup of news and notes from all four camps at some point this weekend.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Addressing multiple assertions from Adam "Pacman" Jones that Green Bay has expressed interest in him, Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com writes: "Two NFL sources said Thursday night that the Packers are not pursuing Jones. According to one, the only way they are is if general manager Ted Thompson or one of his staff members is doing it without the rest of the team's front office and coaches' knowledge. The other said if the Packers have had any contact with Jones, it was merely due diligence and the team is not actively pursuing him at this point."
Minnesota receiver Bernard Berrian paid a $300 fine after pleading guilty to speeding last November, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Berrian was clocked driving 104 miles per hour in a Twin Cities suburb.
Efforts to introduce a Vikings stadium bill by Monday are falling short, writes Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune, because multiple financing options appear to be evaporating.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on rookie Bears safety Major Wright: "In their 90-year history, the Bears never have had a safety quite like Wright. Area scout Jeff Shiver, who has been part of the Bears' personnel team for 23 years -- longer than anyone -- said the Bears safety closest to Wright in terms of a skill set was Dave Duerson. But Wright is faster than Duerson was."
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times profiles receiver Freddie Barnes, who signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Bears.
Chances are "slim" that Detroit will sign Adam "Pacman" Jones, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions should get more sacks from their defensive tackles in 2010, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News. They had 2 1/2 last season.