We're Black and Blue All Over:
Longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt, now an analyst for NFL.com, still has good insight into the inner workings of the league. And it's his belief that the Detroit Lions could make "a big play" for pending free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha whenever the market opens this summer.
Brandt, via NFL.com: "I wouldn't be at all surprised if they make a big play for Asomugha. And I think he would consider the situation in Detroit and playing for Jim Schwartz, who has won the respect of his team. A cornerback's best friend is a great defensive line, and right now the Lions have a pretty good group of defensive linemen."
Brandt also thinks the Oakland Raiders will make a big push to keep Asomugha, and national speculation has centered around his desire to play on the East Coast. But the Lions offer a unique situation: An elite pass rush from their defensive line and maximum contract leverage given their dearth of other cornerback options. No one knows how much the Lions would extend financially, but from a media standpoint, at least, they are gaining traction as a legitimate contender for his services.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Associated Press has a complete roundup of the confusion surrounding Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson's summer camp in Oklahoma. (Yawn.)
A Twin Cities politician has started an online petition to prevent the Vikings from building a suburban stadium in Arden Hills, Minn. Shoreview City Council member Blake Huffman is frustrated by the lack of public involvement in the planning thus far, according to Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune.
Former Chicago Bears coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka will appear this summer in the HBO show "Entourage," Ditka told ESPN 1000.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com examines the future of Bears safety Danieal Manning, cornerback Corey Graham and linebacker Nick Roach.
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, via Greg Billing of the Dayton Daily News: "We haven't had any full team workouts. We've had small groups of guys here and there working out together. The great thing about Green Bay is we're not banking on having any rookies coming in and play. We're not putting in any new schemes. For us the main thing is making sure everyone is coming into camp in shape and on time. We have a lot of guys who are accountable and take care of their bodies this whole summer."