NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers

     

Bears

  • The Athletic’s Adam Jahns writes the Bears will likely have serious talks at the NFL Scouting Combine about the potential of signing either Chargers TE Hunter Henry, Falcons TE Austin Hooper or Colts TE Eric Ebron in free agency. 
  • Jahns also mentions Lions G Graham Glasgow as a potential target for the Bears in the second wave of free agency if he’s still available. 
  • Jahns says Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski is a player who could be viewed as a rising star by other teams and could net Chicago a compensatory pick by leaving in free agency. 
  • Saints S Vonn Bell could be an option for the Bears, per Jahns, as they might have a need at safety if they can’t re-sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
  • At quarterback, Jahns lists Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater and Titans QB Marcus Mariota as the more realistic targets for the Bears. 
  • Jahns notes the Bears could target Titans LB Kamalei Correa to improve their pass-rushing depth. 
  • If the Jaguars release CB A.J. Bouye, Jahns points out the Bears had interest when Bouye was a free agent in 2017. 

Lions

  • After Adam Schefter reported that CB Darius Slay is on the trade block, SI’s Albert Breer mentions the Lions can sit comfortably and see how free agency plays out and not rush to deal Slay.
  • Breer notes Detroit could trade Slay to a team who is unable to land a cornerback in free agency, and/or select Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah with the third overall pick in the draft to replace him. 

Packers

  • The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman believes Packers QB Aaron Rodgers‘ current contract, which runs through the 2023 season, will be his last with Green Bay.
  • He could see the Packers spending a first-round pick on a quarterback as soon as next season. 
  • Schneidman mentions that even though Packers C Corey Linsley is one of Rodgers’ favorite teammates, he could see Green Bay moving on to save cap space and promote recently-extended OL Lucas Patrick to starting center. 
  • Schneidman anticipates the Packers being fine with Tim Boyle as the backup quarterback in 2020, though he wouldn’t rule out a trade for Dolphins QB Josh Rosen.
  • Schneidman notes that if Packers RB Aaron Jones has another strong season in 2020, the final year of his deal, it could make it hard to keep him. 
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