We're Black and Blue All Over:
For the second year in a row, the name of veteran linebacker Keith Bulluck is emerging in connection with the Detroit Lions.
Bulluck played for Lions coach Jim Schwartz in Tennessee, and the Lions still have a need at the linebacker position. Last year, he signed with the New York Giants because he wanted to play for a team that he thought was ready to win, but this year he is including the Lions among his candidates.
Bulluck on Sirius NFL Radio, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "First and foremost, New York because they gave me an opportunity to come and continue my career, really get healthy, where I needed to be. Detroit. I like what Schwartz is doing up there. Last year, I wasn't prepared physically to play and do the things that they would need me to do, but now I feel I am. New England is always veteran-friendly, and I know, every year, they're in contention of winning.
"Like I say, I want to win, really. At this point in my career, financially, me and my family are fine. But I definitely would like to be in a position to play myself into maybe possibly being one of the top-paid linebackers in the league again. Definitely one of the top players in the league."
Bulluck, however, is 34 and might need a reality check about his career arc. As thin as the Lions are at the position, would they consider him a full-time option? It's more likely he could be paired with another part-time player, but we won't know the answer until the free-agent market opens.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News looks at two veteran offensive linemen the Lions signed, Tony Ugoh and Donald Thomas.
Twentyman also identifies 10 Lions players who are suffering from the lockout.
The Green Bay Packers are working to repair the expected damage to Lambeau Field's playing surface following a Kenny Chesney concert, Jeff Alexander of WBAY-Ch.2 reports.
The Minnesota Vikings have proposed a plan to cover the $131 million cost of road upgrades near their proposed stadium in Arden Hills, Minn. Details from Vikings.com, the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. Bottom line: It would include user-based taxes and a new state contribution, but the state said it has capped its involvement.
Former CFL receiver Andy Fantuz has been working with his new Chicago Bears teammates this spring, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
The Bears had moved on from running back Garrett Wolfe even before he was arrested in Miami last month, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.