We're Black and Blue All Over:
AFC West colleague Bill Williamson lists four teams that could be interested in acquiring San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, an expected training camp holdout because of a contract dispute. The Chicago Bears are one of them.
We've been over the Bears' receiver situation numerous times this offseason, watching as other teams chased down veterans while the Bears consistently expressed confidence in their skilled but inexperienced group. Would they pursue Jackson if the Chargers look to move him? History suggests their interest would be tepid, considering their pass on veteran receivers over the past few seasons, but I wouldn't rule this one out.
Jackson has no known connection to Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, but the Chargers' offensive system has its roots in the same concepts as Martz's scheme. He has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, catching 16 touchdowns over that span, and has only missed one game over the past four years. At 27, he should have a long career ahead.
Just something to think about, as well as a reminder that the player acquisition season never ends.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com thinks the Bears won't want to give up much for Jackson: "Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has said multiple times this offseason that the club is ducking out of the business of giving up high draft picks to acquire talent."
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs admitted he was upset and hurt when the team released defensive end Alex Brown, according to an interview with Comcast transcribed by Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Brian VanOchten of the Grand Rapids Press on Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand: "Lewand needs to provide a full explanation of his actions. He has accomplished too much in such a short time since replacing [Matt] Millen and helping rebuild the franchise. He has helped put the Lions on the right path. He needs to prove he is on the right path."
Mr. Irrelevant, Lions receiver Tim Toone, will be honored with a tongue-in-cheek banquet Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has more.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe wouldn't comment on reports he is seeking a new contract, according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings don't seem to have much interest in free agent guard Chester Pitts, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
It has been assumed that Green Bay Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang would be ready for training camp after having surgery in April to repair a fractured wrist. But here's what Lang said recently, according to Mike Spofford of the team's Web site: "I'm expecting to be out there on the field the first day of training camp. My wrist will probably still be bugging me a little bit. I'll probably have to play with a heavy brace, if not a cast, but as long as I'm out there running around, getting more comfortable with the plays and with the position I'll be at, I'll improve pretty quickly."