NFC North links: Did Bears overpay?

Chicago Bears

Steve Rosenbloom isn't a fan of the new deal the Bears gave to Matt Forte. Rosenbloom: "[W]hy the Bears elected to pay more than the franchise tag of about $7.7 million for this season makes no sense. Running back has become the most fungible position in the league. Running backs last about as long as Forte has already played. Running backs get hurt the way Forte did last season. Connect the dots, people."

Matt Bowen answers 10 questions about the Bears heading into the 2012 season.

Detroit Lions

Unable to secure a long-term deal with the Lions, Cliff Avril says a holdout remains possible. "I don't know when I'm going to go back, honestly," Avril said. "Me and my agent have to sit down, talk about it this weekend and go from there. At least I'll get to see my son's first birthday, Aug. 3."

Dave Birkett looks at potential Lions free agents in 2013.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers came in at No. 17 on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable sports teams, one spot behind the Bears.

Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "If the Packers are looking for motivation, they need only watch the video of their playoff debacle against the Giants."

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are hoping some key offseason acquisitions can bring life to an offense that struggled in 2011.

With training camp on the horizon, Bob Sansevere shares his five most memorable opening days of camp.