We're Black and Blue All Over:
In case you missed Adam Schefter's story late Thursday, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to work out privately for the Minnesota Vikings next Wednesday. The Vikings are one of nine teams that will take a second look at Newton between now and the April 28 draft.
Newton isn't likely to be available when the Vikings' No. 12 overall pick comes around, but they could trade up if they decide they like him or Missouri's Blaine Gabbert enough to do so.
Meanwhile, as Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com points out, TCU quarterback Andy Dalton listed the Vikings as a team he will visit but it isn't clear if he will work out for them as well.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings place-kicker Ryan Longwell, who is a pending free agent, believes the NFL's new kickoff rules could extend his career. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has more.
Workers will begin replacing the Metrodome roof on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach doesn't think the NFL made kickoffs any safer, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears receiver Rashied Davis is trying to organize offseason workouts for players, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com explores the possibility of defensive lineman Henry Melton jumping into the starting lineup.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "The lockout doesn't hit every team evenly. It hurts the Lions far worse. If the owners and players can't quickly settle their differences, 2011 will become another wasted year for [Matthew] Stafford and the team."
Vic Carucci of NFL.com looks at the strange offseason the Green Bay Packers are experiencing.