NFC North Daily: Hot Links for May 11th, 2012

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2012

We finish off the week after a lot of rookie signings, some more Saints Bounty Drama and the hope that the Vikings finally have their new stadium.

I hope that's the case, at least so Vikings fans can breathe a sigh of relief and I can stop writing about it.

We've come up on rookie mini camps, so that will give us lots to talk about Monday. Kevin Seifert at ESPN's NFC North blog breaks down who has signed whom, and it's interesting to note that the Vikings haven't announced anything yet. Maybe they're trying to get Kalil locked up to set the tone for the rest.

I just finished watching The Expendables this morning, by the way. 1987 called—it wants it's big dumb action movie back.


Detroit Lions

Rookie minicamps start today for Detroit. 

Anwar Richardson does his usual great job at MLive talking about the five rookies attending. 

Meanwhile, Detroit Free Press writer Carlos Monarrez takes a closer look at rookie linebacker Travis Lewis, what made him drop in the Draft and how he's going to prove the doubters wrong. 


Chicago Bears

The Bears are another team starting their rookie minicamps today. Nearly everyone will be there, save most importantly Shea McClellin, who hasn't signed.....yet.

They also signed three veteran defensive linemen on Thursday. Defensive tackles John McCargo, DeMario Pressley and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu will be depth as much as anything else.

When Brandon Marshall leaves a team, he doesn't burn bridges so much as nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. In the Dolphins' case, I don't blame him—he's right, the quarterbacks there were awful and it was a waste of money to have him there.


Green Bay Packers

The Packers are the third team with rookie minicamps beginning today. One of the few signings Seifert missed in his report yesterday (in fairness, it was announced a lot later) was second-round pick Jerel Worthy.

I said it in the video I did yesterday—with Anthony Hargrove out, it's critical to get Worthy going early. As I said when the Bears got Alshon Jeffery locked down early—the sooner they get into camp, the sooner they can make an impact.

This morning, CheeseheadTV's Brian Carriveau reports head coach Mike McCarthy has a press conference tonight at 4pm CST/6pm EST. It's streamed live on the team's website, if you are in the mood to watch.

We all half-expect Ryan Grant to return to the Packers at some point this summer, but even then the back-up job is still wide open. Alex Green is working hard to be ready for camp, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. Dunne also has a nice breakdown of rookie camp today as well.


Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are not starting their rookie minicamps today, and that works out because, as far as we know, they haven't signed any rookies.

They do have a new stadium—or at least the money and permission to build one.

It's still a long way from built, though, and Pioneer Press reports the team could end up playing quite a while in the University of Minnesota's stadium.

The Star Tribune's Mark Craig reminds us that new stadiums are nice, but they don't always ensure wins.

What a wet blanket!

The Daily Norseman has a little updated Vikings Stock report and way too much Napoleon Dynamite. You remember that movie? It was fun for about half a minute, then over-saturated in pop culture.

The Stock Market Report more than makes up for the Dynamite though.


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