We're Black and Blue All Over:
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune points out an important decision facing the Chicago Bears whenever a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is reached: What to do with defensive tackle Tommie Harris, whose bloated contract is no longer supported by his play on the field.
As Biggs notes, Harris is due a $2.5 million roster bonus before training camp and has a $2.312 million base salary in 2011. He also could earn up to $500,000 in workout bonuses. In addition, I can tell you that his salary cap number would be $11.115 million if the NFL returns to a capped system as most of us suspect it will.
So there are a number of financial factors that could compel the Bears either to part ways with Harris or renegotiate his contract before training camp. To be fair, he was a part-time starter last season and is years removed from his days as an elite interior force.
There is much more to be told on this story, but none of it will matter until we have a new CBA.
Continuing around the NFC North on the first day of media availability at the annual scouting combine:
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at the complicated contract future of Bears tight end Greg Olsen.
The Detroit Lions face a new challenge with the No. 13 overall pick in the draft, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. There won't be an obvious pick waiting for them.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News looks at the Lions' needs.
The Lions don't have the ammunition to move up the draft board, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
The possibility of the Green Bay Packers acquiring cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is a "fantasy football story," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette previews the combine.
The Minnesota Vikings have drafted a quarterback in the first round only twice in their history, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Several of the notable quarterbacks in this draft will throw at the combine, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.