We're Black and Blue All Over:
Well then. It's one thing for me to suggest that free-agent running back Steven Jackson would make some sense for the Green Bay Packers. It's quite another for ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton to make a similar assertion.
Here's how Clayton put it in his most recent mailbag when asked if Packers general manager Ted Thompson might step out of his standard practice and make Jackson a competitive offer:
"I think that would be a great idea. Jackson isn't going to make $7 million this year. Jackson has until the start of free agency to void the last year of his Rams contract. Although the Rams want him back, I think he will hit the market. If that is the case, Thompson could offer $5 million and see whether that could lure Jackson to Green Bay. He would be perfect for that offense."
Once again, we are at the height of the NFL's silly season. When free agency opens next month, Jackson might have already re-signed with the St. Louis Rams or he might be retired. But if he's available, expect outside observers to quickly make the connection to the Packers.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette examines the Packers' options for creating salary-cap room.
Rick Klauer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if it will be possible for the Packers to draft Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree.
The Chicago Bears signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis, a street free agent who has played with several teams, notes ESPNChicago.com.
The Bears have unveiled plans to renovate their practice facility and administrative offices at Halas Hall. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune explains.
Detroit Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton has interviewed for the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator job, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
The Lions probably will be on the lookout for a new kick returner to replace Stefan Logan this offseason, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin: "Harvin could suffer from Randy Moss-itis, an affliction that causes ego to override common sense."
The Vikings announced the signing of CFL cornerback Roderick Williams, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff will get strong consideration this year from the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee, according to Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.