We're Black and Blue All over:
A plea for everyone: Hold on. I can't always control the tilt toward Brett Favre coverage on this blog, but rest assured that my training camp tour schedule remains intact this year. That means I'll be with the Detroit Lions for another day before heading off to spend three days with the Green Bay Packers.
But we do have a couple of new Favre angles to touch on since we last met. First, as you might recall, we discussed the possibility Tuesday of the Vikings offering Favre more money to ensure he plays this season. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports they have already done just that.
According to the report, the Vikings are offering him a $3 million raise with another $4 million in incentives. That means he would earn at least $16 million and up to $20 million this season. We'll see if that entices him.
We also expressed caution in ever trusting a Favre retirement announcement, much less indications he might be giving behind the scenes. According to former NFL coach Steve Mariucci, Favre is telling some people that he simply wants more time to let his ankle heal. If that's the case, it's unclear why he would be telling some players that he's not planning to play. He has at least one week and probably more before the Vikings would need him to start practicing.
Again, I'll be out at Lions practice this morning and am ready to see defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on the field, probably for the afternoon session. For now, let's catch up on the rest of the division:
The Green Bay Packers are experimenting with Brandon Chillar as an outside linebacker and Desmond Bishop inside at nickel. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Packers receiver Jordy Nelson has continued his momentum from the offseason and worked with the starters Tuesday because Greg Jennings was attending a funeral, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Predictably, there were a number of scuffles in Tuesday night's practice, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly will have the felony drug possession case against him dismissed if he stays out of trouble for the next year.
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Iwuh was carted off the field with a knee injury, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler showed signs of frustration at the end of Tuesday's practice, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
The Bears are happy with backup quarterback Caleb Hanie's development, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press looks at the winners and losers in the Suh negotiations.
Lions defensive lineman Turk McBride showed up a number of times in Tuesday's drills, according to the Detroit News.