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Then-Vikings QB Brett Favre was but one victim of the New Orleans Saints' bounty hunting.
Then-Vikings QB Brett Favre was but one victim of the New Orleans Saints' bounty hunting.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVMarch 5, 2012

Today's links roundup around the NFC North runs the gamut from discussion of the New Orleans Saints' bounty system, to franchise tag and draft speculation and back again.

Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune talks the New Orleans Saints' bounty system and the connection to the big hits then-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the 2009-2010 NFC Championship Game.

Pro Football Focus' Bryan Fontaine breaks down why Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is set for a big 2012 season.

Bleacher Report's Ben Chodos says the Green Bay Packers should pick up running back LaMichael James in the second round of the NFL draft.

Will the Green Bay Packers franchise QB Matt Flynn? We'll know in a few short hours.
Will the Green Bay Packers franchise QB Matt Flynn? We'll know in a few short hours.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Pete Doughery of the Green Bay Press-Gazette says there's little chance the Packers use the franchise tag on quarterback Matt Flynn.

The Detroit Free Press' Kirkland Crawford reports that Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh says the team has no incentive or bounty program for big hits as the Saints did.

Nick Kostora from Bleacher Report says that the Detroit Lions need a better running game in order for wide receiver Calvin Johnson to keep playing so well.

New Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery used to spend his days on the road scouting college players, and he will continue to do so with his new team, says the Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei.

Free-agent quarterback Chad Henne is drumming up a lot of attention around the league. Bleacher Report's Ross Read makes a case for why the Chicago Bears should be the team to pick him up next week.

 

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