Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and offensive coordinator Mike Tice won't be back with the Bears next season, reports ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. New coach Marc Trestman addressed Marinelli's departure during his introductory news conference. "I had a chance to talk to Rod, and we had a good discussion," Trestman said. "He's made up his mind, I believe, to move on. I know to move on." Tice said the Bears let him go.
Trestman was evasive when asked about Brian Urlacher's future with the Bears, reports ESPNChicago.com's Jon Greenberg.
In his interview with GM Phil Emery, Trestman provided a 13-month calendar that started with his first day on the job and ended with a Super Bowl XLVIII parade, reports the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.
Trestman on quarterback Jay Cutler, via Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: "[Cutler] has shown moments of efficiency, thereby we ought to be able to find the mechanisms to make him more efficient on a play-by-play basis. ... We’re going to work one day at a time in a proactive way with a sense of urgency to get [Cutler] to be the guy that he wants to be and we want him to be.”
Wide receiver and kick returner Devin Thomas ended his brief retirement to sign with the Lions, the AP reports.
In an interview with NFL Radio, free-agent-to-be Cliff Avril said he could play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme and that he'd prefer to play somewhere on a natural playing surface. "As far as what I would prefer, I definitely wouldn't mind playing on grass, because playing on turf puts the joints in a bad situation after a few years," Avril said.
A look at the cornerbacks the Lions could consider in April's draft, from Paula Pasche of the Journal Register News Service.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers could be saying goodbye to some household names this offseason. "Receiver Greg Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowl player, is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to return," writes Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Linebackers Brad Jones and Erik Walden -- two players who started the majority of the season -- are unrestricted free agents. Tight end Jermichael Finley, safety Charles Woodson and linebacker A.J. Hawk are all under contract, but all three could be released due to large salary cap numbers. Donald Driver, the franchise's all-time leader in catches and yards, will probably be gone."
Woodson was initially skeptical about moving from cornerback to safety, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Erin Henderson, an unrestricted free agent, would like to stay with the Vikings, writes Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press. "I've called Minnesota home, I have a Minnesota [driver's] license now, everything," said Henderson. "I feel like I've built a pretty good foundation here and come a long way in my years that I've been a part of this organization. And I appreciate the time and effort they've put into me."
Vince Ferrara and Jesse Smithey interviewed safety Harrison Smith and touched on Smith's goals this past season, Adrian Peterson's season and Smith's training camp initiation. Harrison on Peterson: "There’s really not a lot of words that can describe what he does. He’s the most talented guy that I’ve ever seen and he has the best work ethic that I’ve ever seen. He’s just a freak show.”