Black and Blue all over: Westbrook in GB?

Earlier this month, we discussed Green Bay's options behind starting running back Ryan Grant and noted an endorsement of backup Brandon Jackson from coach Mike McCarthy. Still, it appears the Packers are at least doing their due diligence on a wider array of possibilities.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers have inquired about free-agent running back Brian Westbrook. There hasn't been much market interest in Westbrook, who missed eight games in Philadelphia last season because of repeated concussions, but he could fill a third-down role for the Packers if he is healthy.

We all know the Packers don't often sign veteran free agents, and so we should proceed cautiously on this possibility. But as the offseason continues, Westbrook's price gets lower and lower. If the Packers can bring him in on a mostly risk-free basis, they might give it some serious thought.

Continuing around the NFC North with the draft less than 10 days away:

  • Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen will work the corner of an MMA fight next week, helping his friend Alex Karalexis, according to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

  • Detroit defensive end Jared DeVries is hoping to win the Lions' starting left end position, he told reporters Monday in a conference call. Some of his comments are posted on the Lions' Web site.

  • Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor visited the Lions' facility recently, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Linebacker is Chicago's strongest position after the return of free agent Pisa Tinoisamoa, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.

  • If it were up to Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, Tinoisamoa would win the starting strongside linebacker job. Briggs told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "Pisa is an elite linebacker in this league."