NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

  • According to the Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain, Bears GM Ryan Pace made it clear that Chicago will shake up the quarterback room behind starter Mitchell Trubisky and move on from both Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.
  • Moving on from TE Trey Burton would cost Chicago $7.5 million in dead cap, so Fishbain says the team is likely to keep him and hope he stays healthy. 
  • Bears DL Nick Williams and Roy Robertson-Harris may sign elsewhere this offseason if they receive more interest than Chicago can afford. 
  • Fishbain writes the Bears will likely have to choose between re-signing Danny Trevathan or Nick Kwiatkoski at inside linebacker, while LB Kevin Pierre-Louis should be back. 
  • Fishbain mentions the Bears could cut CB Prince Amukamara and try to bring him back on a more team-friendly deal. 
  • The Bears could also be in the market for a starting safety given how S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix performed on his one-year, $3 million deal. 

Lions

  • According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Lions WR Danny Amendola was fined $10,527 for unnecessary roughness in Detroit’s season finale against the Packers. 

Packers

  • According to Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers OT Bryan Bulaga (concussion), C Corey Linsley (back) and G Billy Turner all returned to practice Monday. 
  • Bulaga, however, remains in the concussion protocol for now. 
  • Packers signed WR Reggie Begelton and RB Elijah Wellman to futures contracts. (NFLTR)

Vikings

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer was asked following Sunday’s win over the Saints about the recent speculation regarding his job status in Minnesota. 

I really don’t want to discuss it, honestly,” Zimmer said, per Andrew Krammer. “I love this team, I love this organization, the players. I get a lot of people helping me. Quite honestly, I think it’s silly people are talking about it on a 10-win team and 60% wins (as HC).

  • According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Zimmer likes being in Minnesota, and while coaching out a lame-duck season in 2020 wouldn’t be ideal, he’s not necessarily longing to revisit his 13 years as an assistant coach in Dallas. 
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