Black and Blue all over: DeVries to re-sign

Teams often say they would consider bringing back a player they've released, and in the case of Detroit and defensive end Jared DeVries, it's actually true.

We open this week with the news that DeVries will sign a one-year contract Monday, according to multiple reports. The Lions had released him in late February to avoid paying a $400,000 roster bonus while he rehabilitates a torn Achilles tendon. But his recovery has apparently progressed to the point to where they're ready to give him a chance to participate in their offseason program.

There's little risk in this move. John Niyo of the Detroit News reports DeVries will need to make the team in order to get back the $400,000. That's a fair arrangement for a 33-year-old veteran returning from a major injury.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Lions need to continue adding depth to their secondary, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • In an op-ed column in the Star Tribune, longtime Minnesota stadium critic Nick Coleman pulls no punches about the Vikings' latest effort: "Call it what you will, but the tone-deaf insistence of the Minnesota Vikings and their lackeys in the Legislature to push forward the team's preposterous plans for a megadome funded by the public is simply stunning."

  • Veteran Vikings players will report to the team's offseason conditioning program Monday, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.

  • Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald wonders if the workload between running backs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor will be distributed evenly.

  • Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune: "[O]f the 10 teams that made the biggest splash in free agency over the previous decade, only four improved their records."

  • The Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Two brothers embroiled in a battle over their late father's Green Bay Packers tickets will have their cases heard in Brown County Court in October."