NFC North: Mike Clark

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Friday, I wondered if a second offseason arrest for tight end Evan Rodriguez would end his tenure with the Chicago Bears. Based on a statement released by the team Sunday afternoon, it appears that no immediate action is planned and that Rodriguez will remain on the roster.

Rodriguez was arrested for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane change early Friday morning. In the statement, Rodriguez apologized for the incident and pledged to "make positive changes in my life so that this doesn't happen again." That portion of the statement implies the Bears have given him another chance.

In March, Rodriguez was arrested for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication in Miami Beach, Fla. Prosecutors ultimately dropped those charges. Rodriguez was drafted last year as a tight end but mostly played fullback in the Bears' offense. The assumption is that he is on the shortest leash imaginable with the franchise, and the NFL will by rule review both arrests for possible discipline.

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BBAO: Rodgers stumps for Woodson

January, 23, 2013
We're Black and Blue All Over:

It's fair to wonder if the Green Bay Packers plan to part ways with defensive back Charles Woodson before next season. As we've discussed, Woodson will turn 37 in October. He is due to earn $10 million next season and would count the same amount against the salary cap. Except in the cases of quarterbacks, NFL teams rarely commit that sort of cash or cap space to players of Woodson's age.

The Packers' quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, would like to see an exception made. Rodgers made clear during his ESPN 540 radio show Tuesday that he thinks it would be a mistake to bid Woodson farewell. Rodgers said: "I don't think you get better by taking from the whole, taking a core guy. And I think he is a core guy." Rodgers added:

"I think it’s got to be one of the top priorities. I'm not sure what that’s going to look like, but I know he is under contract and that he is an important part of our football team, and I think he adds a lot. He is still playing at a really high level."

Under general manager Ted Thompson, the Packers have usually made the right decisions on when to part ways with aging veterans. (Receiver Donald Driver might be an exception.) We'll see if Thompson's evaluation lines up with Rodgers'.

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