NFC North links: Bears gig excites Tucker

Chicago Bears

To put it mildly, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is excited about his new opportunity. "What's not to like about the Bears?" Tucker said. "It's a great organization, lots of tradition, and my wife is from Chicago. I'm a Midwestern guy from Cleveland, played at Wisconsin. It's a great tradition of football, and on the defensive side of the ball there's some history here as well."

Detroit Lions

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says he has no plans to use the franchise tag.

Utilizing available technology to improve scouting techniques is one of the reasons Brian Xanders was hired last month. “One thing that he’s doing, that he’s working on right now, is just working on developing our scouting database and creating a new database that’s sort of our own, designed by us, to give us the information that we want specifically for our scouting process in pro and college scouting,” Mayhew said last week. “He’s done that a couple times, a couple different franchises. He’s got a lot of experience in working with that.”

Green Bay Packers

The Packers are facing a tough decision when it comes to cornerback Sam Shields.

Don't expect the Packers to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Minnesota Vikings

Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press weighs in on the Percy Harvin saga, including potential landing spots for the wide receiver.