NFC North links: Motivation for Detroit

Chicago Bears

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune on Matt Forte's contract status: "As of early Monday morning, there was no indication of the Pro Bowl running back and the Bears agreeing to terms on a new contract. The two sides have until 3 p.m. [CT] Monday to reach a long-term deal. If the deadline passes, Forte would be forced to play under the franchise tag for the 2012 season -- a one-year franchise tender worth $7.74 million."

In case you missed it, quarterback Jay Cutler offered his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Saturday's Chicago Cubs game.

Detroit Lions

If the Lions are looking for additional motivation heading into the season, Justin Rogers of Mlive.com says they don't have to look far.

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch wasn't pleased with what Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings had to say about the Lions.

Green Bay Packers

Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story of how former Packers cornerback Craig Newsome has fought pain and an addiction to painkillers.

The team is planning a major renovation to the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Minnesota Vikings

Linebacker Jasper Brinkley is out to prove he can be a durable player following hip surgery.

Coach Leslie Frazier says he was pleased with what he saw from the team's rookies during offseason workouts. Frazier: "We'll learn a lot more about them once we put the shoulder pads on and see them move around, but from what we saw this offseason, none of the guys were a disappointment."