NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer gives Bears QB Nick Foles the edge in the competition against QB Mitchell Trubisky.
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the buzz has been leaning toward Foles having a slight edge with his experience starting to show up in the competition. 
  • Asked about former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, Bears HC Matt Nagy said the team likes where it’s at with its current group. (Jeff Dickerson)

Lions

Lions OT Taylor Decker said he did not have any expectations on when his contract extension would be finalized given the implications of COVID-19. 

“I didn’t really have any expectations on when something would be done or if something would be done,” Decker said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive. “But I just heard in the past kind of a timeline on when conversations were going to start. And again, with all the COVID and the protests and things like that, there were a lot more important things for us as a team to focus on, and I’m great with that. I’m great with that. We had great conversations as a team about COVID, great questions about how to keep your family healthy, great questions about protesting and activism. We had great conversations about that, so no skin off my back about it.”

Lions WR Kenny Golladay, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, said he wants to re-sign with Detroit and is hopeful the deal gets done prior to the start of the regular season. 

“I want to be here,” Golladay said. “Really, I’m just gonna let my agent and front office take care of that. I hope it gets done (before the start of the season).”

  • Decker’s four-year, $60 million extension included a $7.5 million signing bonus, a $6.85 million base salary in 2020, a $13 million fully guaranteed salary in 2021, $14.75 million fully guaranteed in 2022, and base salaries of $13.7 million and $12.95 million over the final two years. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Decker can also earn $250,000 in workout bonuses in 2022 through 2024, and another $500,000 roster bonus in 2024. 

Packers

  • According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Packers OT Billy Turner suffered a knee injury. While it’s not considered season-ending, it could be enough to keep Green Bay’s projected starting right tackle out of the season opener. 
  • Packers fifth-round LB Kamal Martin is a candidate to start the season on injured reserve and be designated to return given his recent meniscus procedure will keep him out six to eight weeks. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Martin dealt with a knee injury in college but this injury is not to the same knee. (Demovsky)
  • Packers TE Robert Tonyan is expected to be the main receiving option at the position to start the season. (Matt Schneidman)
  • Packers HC Matt LaFleur isn’t worried about 2019 third-round TE Jace Sternberger‘s quiet camp, saying it was partially due to a lack of opportunities. (Tom Silverstein)
  • Meanwhile, current third-round TE/FB Josiah Deguara has stood out to LaFleur: “We’ve definitely thrown a lot at him, and he’s shown he can handle it.” (Ryan Wood)

Vikings

  • According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, Vikings DE Yannick Ngakoue‘s new one-year, $12 million deal includes a $4 million signing bonus and $8 million base salary. All of it is still fully guaranteed. 
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