NFC Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings


  • The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain lists several players as potential cap casualties for the Bears this offseason, including RB Tarik Cohen, DT Eddie Goldman, DL Angelo Blackson and OLB Jeremiah Attaochu. Cutting all of them would create just under $13 million in cap savings with about $10.8 million in dead money. 
  • Chicago should also end up releasing LB Danny Trevathan with a June 1 designation, which will save $3.2 million after that date. 
  • Fishbain adds the Bears could cut QB Nick Foles to save $3 million, albeit with a $7.66 million dead money hit. They could also keep him as a backup or look to shop him to another team. He was available for trade pretty much all of last season. 
  • Fishbain doesn’t expect the Bears to part ways with either DE Khalil Mack or Robert Quinn this offseason, though their cap hits are substantial. He notes how excited new DC Alan Williams was to work with them. 
  • Fishbain lists Bears LB Roquan Smith as the team’s top extension candidate, as he’s entering the final year of his deal on the fifth-year option. However, he thinks the two sides could slowplay it a little bit, with a midseason deal a potential outcome. 
  • He also thinks the team could bring back DT Bilal Nichols on a short deal, perhaps in the $7-$8 million range. 
  • Fishbain points out new GM Ryan Poles expressed a desire to remake the offensive line, so the Bears might let G James Daniels walk if he’s asking for $10 million a year as one agent suspects. 


Former Packers WR James Jones says QB Aaron Rodgers is in “a really good place” with the team entering this offseason and he expects it to be much calmer this time around. 

“I think this one is going to be much better than last season,” Jones told Adam Beasley of PFN. “I think this is going to be a whole lot smoother. I think just having the conversations I have with Aaron, he’s in a really good place, not only with himself but with the organization. I think they’re going to sit down, have some conversations, wherever it might be. I think it’ll happen sooner than later. I definitely think it will be much smoother than it was last year, knowing the relationships and how the relationships have grown.”


  • PFN’s Aaron Wilson reports Colts quality control coach Jerrod Johnson is joining the Vikings as an offensive assistant and is expected to work with the quarterbacks and the passing game.
  • Per the Athletic’s Joseph Person, former Panthers TE coach Brian Angelichio will be joining the Vikings as their new TE coach.

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