We're Black and Blue All Over:
It doesn't sound like the Detroit Lions would be the first choice of free-agent linebacker Keith Bulluck, whom we have discussed as a possibility to fill the weakside position vacated by the trade of Ernie Sims.
As John Niyo of the Detroit News points out, Bulluck indicated strongly in a national radio interview Thursday that he's hoping to sign with the New York Giants when he completes recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Bulluck: "But honestly, to be 100 percent honest, I want to play for a championship, you know what I'm saying? If it comes down to it, if my option is to go to Detroit, yeah, all right, that's what we gotta do. Because I'm gonna play football, regardless. But the New York Giants is what's up."
The Lions have been using second-year player Zack Follett at the position during spring practices, and to be fair, they've never indicated anything more than casual interest in Bulluck. But suffice it to say, more than a few dominoes would have to fall in order for Bulluck to end up in Detroit.
Continuing around the NFC North on this wonderful Friday morning:
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com wonders why the production of Lions receiver Calvin Johnson hasn't been more pronounced over his first three seasons.
Defensive backs Al Harris, Derrick Martin and Will Blackmon aren't expected to participate fully in the Green Bay Packers' minicamp next week, according to Mike Spofford of Packers.com.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette believes cornerback Tramon Williams should model his contract dispute after that of Packers safety Nick Collins: "Williams should take a long, hard look at how ... Collins conducted himself a year ago. Collins made it known he wanted a new contract, and coming off a Pro Bowl season, he rightly deserved one. But the Packers held their ground and made Collins play out the final year of his five-year contract. Instead of pouting or holding out, Collins took the high road. He lived up to his contract and produced a second consecutive Pro Bowl season. In response, the Packers rewarded him with a four-year, $26.7 million deal in March."
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is in favor of an 18-game season, according to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen told ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he's assuming quarterback Brett Favre will play in 2010. Allen: "If I was a betting man, and I had to put money on it today, absolutely. I hope if the answer was no, he would have already had the wherewithal to tell us that he's not coming back so we could have done something in free agency."