We're Black and Blue All Over:
At least one of you did. After taking some time away, I took a glance at the mailbag Thursday morning. Mike of San Francisco duly noted: "The last month or so you seem to have gotten lazy." He begged: "Can you please start caring again?"
I never stopped caring, Mike. I just took a breath to gear up for the 2010 season -- which for me starts in seven days with our annual training camp tour. I'll visit all four NFC North teams between July 30 and Aug. 13. Details to come, but here is a clue to my first stop: Mayonnaise.
I would like to thank everyone who collaborated to fill the blog in my absence, including John Clayton, Matt Williamson and the elite ESPN.com blog editing team. They covered the Detroit Lions' acquisition of cornerback Dre Bly, the 2010 suspension of Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly and the latest Brett Favre drama. Clayton did a bang-up job on the NFC North training camp preview, which you appear to have dissected quite well.
So let's put our toes back in the water catch up around the division:
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was paired with Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice in the recent American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Rodgers: "It was fun to be able to play with them and shoot the breeze with guys who are now kind of my colleagues, although I'm definitely not on their level."
The Chicago Bears remain the only NFC North team to have signed its entire draft class after agreeing to terms with running back Harvey Unga, whom they selected in the recent supplemental draft.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com on Lions cornerback Jonathan Wade: "The Lions would like to see Wade, who started four games in St. Louis last year, progress in his development and earn a full-time starting job. Even if he doesn't, the Lions still feel they've got a quality special teams performer and they've improved the roster."
The Lions are hoping their offensive line produces a more even performance in 2010, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions would have interest if the Kansas City Chiefs are willing to trade safety Jarrad Page, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.