NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

A source tells Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that team’s around the league have Bears OLB Leonard Floyd listed as a possible cap casualty for Chicago this offseason. 

We’re like every team,” said the NFL source. “Our personnel team puts together a list of players that could be cap casualties, and his name popped up. He’s probably on the same list all around the league.”

Bears GM Ryan Pace said the organization is “happy with Leonard” but would not elaborate on his contract situation. 

“We’re happy with Leonard,” Pace said. “I know the stats don’t always say that, but Leonard does a lot of things that may be a little bit undervalued. The versatility that he provides, the things he can do in coverage, there aren’t a lot of outside linebackers that can provide (that). Would we like more production from him? Yeah. Would he like that? Yeah. But there’s a lot of things that he does that we like. As far as his contract, we’re never going to get into those things, but we like Leonard. We’re glad he’s here.”

Pace believes Floyd is “close in a lot of areas” and praised his ability to play in pass coverage. 

He’s close in a lot of areas when you look at the pressures and those things,” Pace said. “He just needs to finish a little better on the quarterback. But when you’re evaluating him, you have to factor in everything: his run defense, his ability in coverage. We consider him our Sam outside linebacker, so we value what he can do in coverage and think sometimes that goes a little underrated … for a guy of his stature. Not many outside linebackers can drop in coverage like he does.

Packers

Vikings

  • Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune points out that the fact the Vikings have let CB Trae Waynes get this close to free agency after investing a high first-round pick in him shows they probably are letting him go. 
  • Vikings C Brett Jones plans to test the market to see if he can find an opportunity to compete for a starting job, while Minnesota would like to bring him back. (Chris Tomasson)
  • Vikings WR Davion Davis pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Ramsey County Court in Minnesota for his drunk driving arrest on October 26 and is due back in court on March 31 for a pre-trial hearing. (Nick Ferraro)
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