NFC North: Lawrence Guy

We're quickly learning that the signing of draft picks is all but a formality under the new collective bargaining agreement. Either that or agents haven't yet identified enough loopholes to draw out negotiations. Regardless, the NFC North is humming along in that regard.

The Detroit Lions have completed negotiations. The Chicago Bears have one player remaining as of early Friday morning. The Green Bay Packers have made progress, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The Minnesota Vikings haven't had any reported signings, but their rookies also don't need to report to training camp until Sunday.

Here's the tally as of this moment:

Chicago Bears

Unsigned
Green Bay Packers

Signed
Unsigned
Minnesota Vikings

Unsigned
The Detroit Lions will be the first NFC North team to get on the field for a training camp practice, and so it makes sense for them to have made signing their draft class a high priority. After a flurry of agreements Thursday afternoon, the Lions are down to one unsigned rookie: First-round pick Nick Fairley.

The Lions have a 10:15 a.m. practice scheduled for Friday morning.

Chicago Bears

Signed
Unsigned
Detroit Lions

Signed
Unsigned
Green Bay Packers

Unsigned
Minnesota Vikings

Unsigned
Amid the frenzied free-agent market, NFL teams are trying to get their draft classes signed in time for the training camps they want to open in the coming days. So lets resurrect our annual draft tracker to keep you abreast of who has signed and who is left.

To this point, the Chicago Bears are the only NFC North team with confirmed draft pick signings.

I'll post new versions of this bad boy regularly but not necessarily after every transaction.

Chicago Bears

Signed
Unsigned
Detroit Lions

Unsigned
Green Bay Packers

Unsigned
Minnesota Vikings

Unsigned
We’re Black and Blue All Over:

Here’s a relevant and surprising story amid the news of Sunday night: Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is a former U.S. Naval helicopter pilot who once ferried Navy SEALS to operations in the Persian Gulf and near Somalia. Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story.
Priefer: "We had an objective, we achieved an objective and nobody was injured -- that's the mission. I'm very proud of them, top to bottom. This whole country has to be proud of what our guys accomplished over there. It's a great moment to be an American."

Now 44, Priefer departed the Navy in 1994 and has been coaching in the NFL since 2002.

Continuing around the NFC North:

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