Black and Blue all over: Lions active

Detroit was the NFC North’s most active team from a personnel perspective in 2009, literally signing dozens of veteran free agents and working out many more. It appears the Lions are picking up where they left off.

The team signed running back DeDe Dorsey on Tuesday, according to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News. Dorsey was a final cut last season by Cincinnati and played a major role in the HBO production of "Hard Knocks." He spent 2009 in the United Football League, and I doubt he will be the last running back the Lions sign this offseason given the knee and shoulder injuries of starter Kevin Smith.

Meanwhile, the Web site Pro Football Talk reports the Lions will work out free-agent receiver Donte Stallworth on Wednesday. The NFL reinstated Stallworth on Monday after a yearlong suspension for his role in the death of a pedestrian following a drunken driving accident in Miami.

There is a big difference between working out a player and deciding to sign him to a contract. But one thing is clear: The Lions will continue to turn over every rock to improve their talent level.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • From a Detroit Free Press editorial: "No National Football League club should feel worse about the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl than the Detroit Lions, now the sole team in the league's National Conference and the only one of the NFL's original members never to make it to the big game."

  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who suggested a new lottery game last week to help pay for a new Vikings stadium, said Tuesday there are no such provisions in his upcoming budget proposal. Mike Kaszuba has more in the Star Tribune.

  • The relationship between new Chicago assistants Mike Martz and Mike Tice has the potential to be "highly combustible," writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.

  • Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris supports the team’s decision to name Rod Marinelli its defensive coordinator, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • The similarities between New Orleans coach Sean Payton and Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy are "striking," writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Nose tackle Ryan Pickett, a pending free agent, wants to re-sign with the Packers. Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.