NFC North: Minnesota Twins
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Just to update our weekend discussion, it continues to seem highly unlikely that Minnesota and Green Bay will swap home games this season to accommodate a potential Oct. 5 baseball playoff game at the Metrodome
Monday morning, an NFL spokesman told the Associated Press that no swap is planned. I guess that leaves open the possibility for something unexpected, but the people that I talked with over the weekend were adamant that the Vikings have priority over the building and that Major League Baseball and the Twins will have to find an alternative date.
The Vikings have accepted cash reimbursement in exchange for accommodating the Twins as recently as 2006, but that was to move the day -- but not the site -- of the game. This situation is different and almost certainly too complicated to be pulled off.
From the "under every rock" category comes this story from Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. Green Bay officials recently traveled to the campus of Duke University to work out former Blue Devils basketball player Greg Paulus.
It's not clear what position Paulus would potentially play in the NFL, but he was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school quarterback in Syracuse, N.Y. He turned down several football scholarships to play basketball at Duke but lost his starting job as a senior and is not projected as an NBA player.
Duke listed Paulus, who played point guard, as 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds,
Paulus could be the type of player who signs a rookie free-agent contract after the draft, an excellent athlete with a football background who is worth a look on the team's terms.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- We spent a lot of time last week discussing Detroit's option to pass on drafting No. 1 overall. But Lions president Tom Lewand seemed to squash that notion Monday during an interview with Detroit-area reporters. According to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, Lewand said: "We don't want to comment on any specifics, whether they're logical or illogical."
- Lewand declined to put a "subjective barometer" on the team's efforts to negotiate contracts with potential No. 1 picks, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports new left tackle Orlando Pace will wear No. 76. Newcomer Frank Omiyale, who wore that number during minicamp, has taken No. 68.
- We'll have much, much more on the NFL schedule later Tuesday. But Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune points out that it's impossible for Minnesota to play at home on either of the first two Sundays of the season. The Minnesota Twins already have games scheduled those days at the Metrodome. The best the Vikings can hope for is Monday night home game in Week 2.