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NFC Notes: Bears, Falcons, Lions, Packers, & Panthers

Bears

  • Michael C. Wright believes the Bears should use their first round pick to address the safety position. However, Wright admits that new GM Ryan Pace is unlikely to target a specific position.

Falcons

  • Mike Jones reports that the Falcons have requested permission to interview Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris.

Lions

  • Michael Rothstein writes that if the Lions believe free agent DT Ndamukong Suh would be one-and-done in Detroit if they used their franchise tag on him, then it’s probably best for them to move on now.
  • If the Lions do, in fact, lose Suh to free agency, Rothstein suggests re-signing DT Nick Fairley and possibly pursuing Terrance Knighton.
  • Interestingly enough, Rothstein writes that without Suh on their roster, the option exists for them to make the transition to a 3-4 defense.
  • If Detroit where to part ways with RB Reggie Bush, they would most likely designate him as a post-June 1 release, according to Rothstein.

Packers

  • Rob Demovsky writes that it’s probably not necessary for Aaron Rodgers to restructure his contract in order for them to keep WR Randall Cobb and RT Bryan Bulaga.
  • According to Demovsky, re-signing Cobb is a “no-brainer” and “it will get done.”
  • Demovsky mentions that the Packers are expected to part ways with ILBs A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones.

Panthers

  • David Newton doesn’t see the Panthers spending big money on a left tackle given that there isn’t expected to be many quality options in free agency.
  • Newton can see Carolina looking for “second-tier” options at tackle, though, and he doesn’t rule out re-signing Byron Bell next year.
  • According to Newton, taking a cornerback in the first round of the draft is a viable option, depending on who’s available.

 

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As a Packer fan, I say ‘Hoo-ra!’. Brad Jones was a key piece in the fake field goal, terribly timed penalties (“3rd and 15”, hello?) and overall disappointing overall play. He had one good play: stopping Dallas WR Beasley on the play before the unsecured catch by Bryant.

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