Black and Blue all over: Lions LBs

One of Detroit’s more pleasant offseason dilemmas is dealing with the relative surplus of linebackers on its roster. As Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press points out, the Lions have the opportunity to at least consider jettisoning some high-priced veterans in favor of some genuine young talent.

The Lions spent most of the season with veterans Ernie Sims, Julian Peterson and Larry Foote as their starters. But Foote will be a free agent and Peterson is scheduled to make a relatively excessive $7.5 million in 2010. Sims, meanwhile, spent part of the season battling injuries -- and fending off rookie DeAndre Levy for a starting position.

Levy figures to start somewhere in 2010, most likely at Foote’s position. Rookie Zack Follett also showed some potential. Bringing back Foote and Peterson certainly wouldn’t hurt the team, but the opportunity exists for the Lions to shift those financial assets elsewhere if they wish.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The average secondary purchase ticket price for the NFC Championship Game is $800, according to the Star Tribune.

  • Minnesota hasn’t forgotten that New Orleans running back Reggie Bush returned two punts for touchdowns in the teams’ matchup last season at the Superdome. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has more.

  • At least Fran Tarkenton is consistent. The Hall of Fame quarterback told Bloomberg News that he still doesn’t like seeing quarterback Brett Favre in a Vikings uniform. “[I]t didn’t sit well with me and it still doesn’t,” he said.

  • Gaines Adams’ family is still coming to grips with his death, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Bears players, coaches and front-office members will ride a private plane to Adams’ funeral Friday, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Green Bay will especially miss John Schneider in the area of college scouting, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Schneider is Seattle’s new general manager.

  • Schneider may try to bring some other Packers employees with him to Seattle, according to Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.