NFL Nation: Kenny Pettway

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Let's catch up on a busier-than-expected news day here in the Black and Blue:

  • We'll start with Green Bay, where earlier Monday, the Packers re-signed tight end Tory Humphrey and released linebacker Kenny Pettway. Humphrey was scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but the Packers declined to tender him a contract in February. As Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, the maneuver allows the Packers to re-sign Humphrey at a price lower than the minimum offer sheet value of $1.01 million for restricted free agents.
  • Minnesota defensive tackle Fred Evans signed his restricted free agent tender, allowing him to participate in the start of the Vikings' offseason strength and conditioning program. The deal will pay Evans $1.545 million in 2009. Evans is a leading candidate to start the first four games of the season if Kevin Williams and/or Pat Williams is forced to serve an NFL suspension.
  • Detroit re-signed offensive lineman George Foster and also signed free agent lineman Dylan Gandy. Foster opened last season at right tackle but lost his job to first-round pick Gosder Cherilus. The Lions also hosted free-agent offensive lineman Ephraim Salaam, but Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press suggests nothing will materialize on that front until after the draft. For now, Jeff Backus remains at left tackle.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The great thing about the mailbag? Well, there are too many to discuss here, but it is open 24/7/365.

Please join me for an AFC South chat today at 3:00 p.m. ET. I can stay late if you like.

We can talk about any of this and more ...

Houston Texans

  • Andre Johnson provides a commanding voice for the Texans, says Richard Justice. I agree he should be getting the ball more, but I'd prefer commanding hands right now. I'll look at what's going on with A.J. in a post later today.
  • Jerry Jones takes a shot at the Texans, and Bob McNair handles it gracefully.
  • Owen Daniels watches how Dallas Clark works, writes Megan Manfull.
  • Ahman Green could come off the bench behind Steve Slaton against the Colts for his first action of the season, according to John McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

  • The Colts want to get their skill people on the field and spread the ball around, writes Mike Chappell.
  • The offensive line the Colts envisioned for the start of the season could actually be on the field Sunday, says Phil Richards.
  • There is no T.O. on the Colts, where pass catchers worry about wins, not catches, according to  Justin. A. Cohn's story.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Kenny Pettway, who was with Richard Collier when he was shot, gets a new chance in Green Bay, where Tom Silverstein spoke with him.
  • Fred Taylor can reach 11,000 yards in the Jags' first regular-season prime-time game since 2001, writes Vito Stellino.
  • Jerry Porter has played one game and is already lamenting his lack of chances? "Who's made a big play when the ball ain't thrown to him? So throw the ball to me. I'll catch it. That's it." Michael C. Wright has the details.

Tennessee Titans

  • Vince Young was back in limited action at practice and Kerry Collins can't see moving forward as a backup when he gets to free agency after this season, according to Jim Wyatt.
  • Who should be the Titans quarterback in 2009? Wyatt asks for your opinion.
  • For those interested in former Titan Travis Henry's troubles, here are details from Denver.
  • The Titans' defense is the most impressive thing David Fleming has seen this season.

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