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Black and Blue all over: Jackson and MMA

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Here's an interesting tidbit via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune: Minnesota officials are trying to get quarterback Tarvaris Jackson involved in a Mixed Martial Arts program to help increase his flexibility.

According to Zulgad, the Vikings approached FoxSports reporter Jay Glazer for help in starting the process. Glazer revealed the request during a recent interview on WFAN radio in New York. Glazer said he got Vikings defensive end Jared Allen involved in a similar program several years ago, a move that helped transform Allen into a more dynamic pass-rusher. (Glazer participates in similar training himself and has broadcast professional events.)

Thursday, we noted that the Vikings are engaged in discussions right now to determine whether they need to upgrade their personnel at quarterback. From this request, Glazer inferred that the Vikings are making long-term plans for Jackson.

Continuing around the NFC North as you enter the final day before Super Bowl weekend:

  • Arizona cornerback Ralph Brown, who played against the Vikings last month, said he believes they would be a Super Bowl-quality team "if they had a passing attack." Mark Craig of the Star Tribune reports.

  • Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke recently with New England quarterback Tom Brady, who endorsed the Packers' hiring of Dom Capers as defensive coordinator. Capers worked for the Patriots in 2008. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught up with Rodgers in the Super Bowl media center.

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times takes a closer look at the NFL Players Association rankings of the playing surface at Soldier Field.

  • Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press spoke with ex-Lions and current Pittsburgh cornerback Fernando Bryant. Asked about new Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, Bryant said: "I think he's great, and I think in another organization he would be a great GM. But he still has that stigma because he was under Matt [Millen]."

  • A friend of Steelers linebacker Larry Foote told the Free Press that Foote would like to finish his career with the Lions. Foote is a Detroit native.