NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes that he thinks the team will prioritize adding a starting corner in the draft or free agency and not rely too much on Kevin Toliver, Tre Roberson or Duke Shelley, though all three will compete for a starting job. 

Packers

  • Per the Athletic’s Matt Schneidman, Packers OT Bryan Bulaga says he hasn’t heard anything from the team about a new deal. Bulaga is set to be a free agent in two weeks: “It could be as it gets closer to free agency maybe those talks begin and things maybe start to get worked out. We’ll see. I was hoping that I could end my career in Green Bay. Hopefully, talks between the Packers and my representatives go really well. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.”
  • Schneidman notes the Packers could fill the resulting hole at right tackle by re-signing OT Jared Veldheer, kicking out G Billy Turner or drafting another player.
  • Schneidman says current backup OT Alex Light is a last resort as a starting option given his 2019 struggles. 

Vikings

  • ESPN’s Courtney Cronin writes that cornerback is a strong consideration for the Vikings in the first round given the departures expected to occur in the secondary. She mentions Florida CB C.J. Henderson, Alabama CB Trevon Diggs, LSU CB Kristian Fulton and Virginia CB Bryce Hall as options. 
  • The other direction the Vikings could go is offensive tackle, with Houston OT Josh Jones and USC OT Austin Jackson some potential options per Cronin. 
  • One position Cronin doesn’t expect the Vikings to address early is safety, despite S Anthony Harris‘ expected departure, given HC Mike Zimmer‘s comments that safety isn’t as important as other positions on defense. 
  • Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander received medical clearance to resume football activities after undergoing knee surgery to trim his meniscus late in 2019. He’s set to be a free agent. (Tom Pelissero)
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