We're Black and Blue All Over:
As NFL free agency approaches, we're getting an idea of the players teams do and do not want to retain. One that falls in the latter category is Chicago Bears nickelback D.J. Moore, who intercepted 10 passes in three seasons but has been informed the Bears will go in a different direction in 2013.
Moore lost his job midway through last season to veteran Kelvin Hayden, and the Bears' starting cornerback jobs -- even under a new coaching staff -- are locked down by 2012 Pro Bowl players Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.
Relatively speaking, the Bears are in a position of strength and, naturally, you can't re-sign everyone.
Continuing around the NFC North on a snowy morning at NFC North blog headquarters:
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reviews the Bears' salary-cap challenge.
Restructuring the contract of defensive end Julius Peppers isn't an ideal answer to those challenges, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Safety should be the Detroit Lions' highest priority this offseason, writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions are holding a workout for place-kickers, punters and long-snappers on Tuesday, according to Dave Birkett of the Free Press.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com looks at free-agent receivers from the Lions' perspective.
It wouldn't have made sense for the Green Bay Packers to use the franchise tag on receiver Greg Jennings, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jennings had made clear he wanted no part of the franchise tag last fall, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Former Packers center Jeff Saturday said on ESPN, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette, that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can expect a better contract than the one signed Monday by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
The release of receiver Michael Jenkins has long been expected, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings made two minor coaching changes, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
The Minnesota budget chief will decide this summer whether to use backup methods for financing the Vikings' stadium, according to Brian Bakst of the Associated Press via the St. Paul Pioneer Press.