NFC North Rumors: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

Lions

  • Dan Graziano reports that the Lions have been “poking around” on cornerbacks and could target Logan Ryan if they miss out on Byron Jones in free agency.
  • According to Graziano, the Lions still expect to trade cornerback Darius Slay in the coming days or weeks.
  • The Lions could also have interest in Patriots S Devin McCourty if he doesn’t get a new deal done with New England.
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that Rams LB Cory Littleton will likely be “too expensive” for the Lions in free agency. 
  • Birkett mentions that Eagles LB Kamu Grugier-Hill could be a fit given his prior experience with HC Matt Patricia with the Patriots. 
  • According to Birkett, the Lions’ most important decision at linebacker this offseason is whether to pick up Jarrad Davis fifth-year option.
  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Lions won’t bring back DT Darius Kilgo, who should be medically cleared soon from the quadriceps injury that cost him last season. 

Packers

  • According to Dan Graziano, the Packers are expected to have “strong interest” in signing Falcons TE Austin Hooper, who could reset the tight end market.
  • Graziano says RT Bryan Bulaga does not appear to be in the Packers’ plans.

Vikings

  • Vikings free agent DE Stephen Weatherly said it would be “tough” if he were to end up leaving this offseason: “Minnesota has been a second home for me for 4 years. … At the end of the day, when all is said and done, Minnesota took a chance on me (drafting him in 7th round in 2016).” (Chris Tomasson)
  • According to Weatherly, he has not heard from the Vikings: The CBA was up in the air. So that affects caps, that affects tags and so on and so forth. So I’m not like mad or hurt I haven’t heard anything. It’s justified. There was a lot up in the air.” (Chris Tomasson)
  • Weatherly added: “It’s on the Vikings at this point if that makes sense. I don’t know what my future holds. … I don’t have anything in front of me.’’ (Chris Tomasson)
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