NFC North Rumors: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

Per Adam Jahns, the Bears discussed but were never serious about the idea of signing RB Kareem Hunt.  

“With Kareem — did we talk about it? Yes. Was it serious? No,” Bears GM Ryan Pace said. “And I think every scenario that comes up, we’d do our team a disservice if we didn’t discuss every scenario. We talked about it but it never got serious.”

  • The decision to release K Cody Parkey‘s was “performance based,” according to Pace.
  • Bears WR Anthony Miller had shoulder surgery this offseason. Pace said his recovery is on schedule and Miller could be limited in offseason workouts. (Aaron Leming)
  • Field Yates reports that Bears G Kyle Long agreed to reduce his base salary to $2.5 million as of his restructured contract. This, in turn, reduced his cap hit to $5.6 million for the 2019 season.
  • Ian Rapoport adds that Long can make the $2.5 million back in incentives and the Bears turned his 2020 season into a team option while eliminating the 2021 year of his contract.

Lions

  • Detroit GM Bob Quinn says CB Teez Tabor will stay at corner and the team is optimistic he’ll make a leap in his third season. (Michael Rothstein
  • The Lions are still evaluating DE Ezekial Ansah, but it’s “more of a medical conversation” per Quinn.  (Michael Rothstein)
  • Quinn says the Lions are “still in the process” of determining G T.J. Lang‘s future in Detroit.  (Michael Rothstein)
  • According to Dave Birkett, the Lions have hired former Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey to the same position in Detroit. 

Packers

Green Bay GM Brian Gutekunst was non-committal on free agent WR Randall Cobb‘s future

“(He’s) Been a great player for us.  One of the all-time Packers,” Gutekunst said via Sal Capaccio. “We are still putting that puzzle together.  As we get all the information in the next few weeks, we will have a better idea of all that.”

The Packers are also happy with the production they got from TE Jimmy Graham and he remains a part of their plans in 2019. 

“Jimmy had a productive year for us,” Gutekunst said via Wes Hodkiewicz“I was really proud of him. He fought through a lot of things. Exuded professionalism. I look forward to what he could do for us next year” 

Vikings

Upcoming free agent RB Latavius Murray says he wants to be a starter, either in Minnesota or elsewhere.  

“I want everybody to know — make no mistake about it, I want to play,” Murray said via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “I want to start. I’m not content with being in a backup role, but I want to compete, and Dalvin knows that. We push each other. That’s what it’s about. But I would love to be back here for that opportunity to compete with and against them. That’s the only way you get better.”

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