NFC North links: Urlacher deserved better

Chicago Bears

Brian Urlacher is just the latest casualty of an NFL system that shows no mercy -- even for the game's icons, writes ESPNChicago.com's Michael Wilbon.

Urlacher deserved a better exit but there isn't much time for nostalgia in the NFL, writes ESPNChicago.com's Jon Greenberg. "When it ends in the NFL, it ends. A Hall of Fame career doesn't get you much at first except a one-year deal that maxed out at $2 million, a tweet from the team account and a slapdash goodbye press release. There will be no goodbye tour. This isn't baseball."

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune looks at the "radical" changes the division has undergone this offseason.

Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, died Thursday at age 80.

Detroit Lions

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley thought he had struck a plea deal to bury a DUI charge, but the the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office insisted it never signed off on the settlement. And now the judge in the case ruled there's no deal, reports Brendan Kirby of the Detroit Free Press. Fairley faces his original three misdemeanor charges of DUI, reckless driving and attempting to elude police stemming from his May 27 arrest.

Could Urlacher end up with the Lions? Nate Davis of USA Today looks at eight possible destinations, including Detroit.

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones has a pre-draft workout set with the Lions, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Green Bay Packers

There will be plenty of competition at inside linebacker after the team re-signed Brad Jones Thursday, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The Packers now have three starters -- Jones, A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop -- vying for two spots.

Which second-year player is most likely to step up and assume an important role for the team next season like Randall Cobb did in 2012? Packers.com's Vic Ketchman likes Nick Perry's odds.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are already making serious preparations for their Sept. 29 game against the Steelers in London, writes the Star-Tribune's Dan Wiederer.

The team re-signed backup safety Andrew Sendejo, reports Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press.