1. Vikings Sign Linval Joseph, Grading the Move and What It Means for Minnesota

    When at its best in recent years, the Minnesota Vikings defense was built on the foundation of big, disruptive defensive linemen. On the first day of free agency, the Vikings stuck to the working script and added another talented big man...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 24,004 reads 87 comments

  2. Bears Sign Lamarr Houston, Grading the Move and What It Means for Chicago

    The defensive revolution in Chicago began in earnest Tuesday, when the Bears opened up free agency by signing former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 21,854 reads 87 comments

  3. Everson Griffen Deal a Show of Faith from Mike Zimmer, Vikings

    Presented with the opportunity and cash reserves to pursue one of his former defensive stalwarts, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer instead made his first big splash by re-signing ascending pass-rusher Everson Griffen to a $42...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 8,931 reads 16 comments

  4. New Contract Is a Win-Win for Green Bay Packers and Sam Shields

    Sam Shields got his big payday, and the Green Bay Packers kept their young, ascending cornerback when the two sides agreed to a new, mutually beneficial deal Saturday night, just hours after free agents could begin discussions with other teams...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 24,906 reads 61 comments

  5. NFL Salary Cap 2014: Reviewing All 4 NFC North Teams Ahead of Free Agency

    An extra $10 million in available cap room has pumped some life into the annual players auction known as NFL free agency...

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  6. How Much Is CB Sam Shields Worth to the Green Bay Packers?

    For now over a year, the Green Bay Packers and the representatives of free agent cornerback Sam Shields have been unable to find common ground on a new deal that would keep the emerging 26-year-old in Green Bay long term...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 7,158 reads 21 comments

  7. Khalil Mack: Pro Day Reaction and Analysis

    Already a likely top pick, edge rusher Khalil Mack cemented his status as one of the best players in the 2014 NFL Draft by blazing through his 40-yard dash at the University of Buffalo pro day Tuesday...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 35,584 reads 73 comments

  8. Could Henry Melton Regain His Dominance Away from Bears Defense?

    With glaring holes dotting their defensive roster, the Chicago Bears are not in position to let a disruptive defender like defensive tackle Henry Melton leave via free agency...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 8,789 reads 29 comments

  9. Minnesota Vikings Can't Let Free Agent DE Everson Griffen Get Away

    The Minnesota Vikings are saddled with a considerable number of in-house free agents this offseason, many of whom will be allowed to leave Minnesota without too much consideration from the Vikings before or during free agency...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 12,203 reads 28 comments

  10. Why Mike McCarthy Is so High on Packers WR Jarrett Boykin

    Rapid development, surprising production and enticing potential has Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy singing the praises of Jarrett Boykin , his young, ascending receiver...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 17,736 reads 32 comments

  11. NFL Free Agency 2014: Biggest Boom, Bust Players on the Market

    The start of NFL free agency in 2014 arrives on March 11. That's when teams will attempt to juggle value, projection and need with cap room and contract negotiations to find the best fits during a 32-team auction period...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 115,438 reads 106 comments

  12. Detroit Lions' NFL Combine Focus: Wide Receiver

    The Detroit Lions arrive at the NFL Scouting Combine with a chance to get a closer look at one of the more impressive classes of incoming wide receivers. Luckily for the Lions, receiver ranks highly on their list of needs this offseason...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 7,917 reads 95 comments

  13. Minnesota Vikings' NFL Combine Focus: Quarterback

    The Minnesota Vikings aren't certain when during May's draft it will happen, but selecting a quarterback has become a consensus decision among the power brokers inside Winter Park...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 12,056 reads 21 comments

  14. Green Bay Packers' NFL Combine Focus: Safety

    The safety position will be one of the primary-need areas for Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson to concentrate his attention on as the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 6,575 reads 17 comments

  15. Chicago Bears' NFL Combine Focus: Defensive Line

    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery will arrive at the NFL Scouting Combine this week with defense on his mind, knowing full well that adding help along the defensive line tops his offseason agenda...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 7,591 reads 39 comments

  16. Franchise Tag Too Rich for Packers, CB Sam Shields

    While a tempting option, placing the franchise tag on cornerback Sam Shields is likely too rich for general manager Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 13,383 reads 36 comments

  17. Nate Burleson Release Solidifies Detroit Lions' Major Need for WR

    The decision to release veteran receiver Nate Burleson has further cemented the Detroit Lions ' need to sign or draft a top receiver this offseason...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 4,526 reads 27 comments

  18. Draft Misses and Development Failures Forcing the Packers into Free Agency?

    The Green Bay Packers under general manager Ted Thompson have been a draft-and-develop franchise, using free agency only in rare instances to supplement cheaper, homegrown talent...

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  19. Why Calvin Pryor Is a 1st-Round Safety in Today's NFL

    More than just impressive talent is powering the potential for Louisville safety Calvin Pryor to be a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL draft ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 17,612 reads 56 comments

  20. Jared Allen and a Title Contender Look Like a Perfect Free-Agency Match

    Resigned to the fact that his team of the last six years has all but moved on, and with his window of productivity shrinking every season, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 18,815 reads 38 comments

  21. Jim Bob Cooter Adds to Matthew Stafford's Quarterback Support Group

    With every new hire this offseason, the Detroit Lions have reaffirmed their commitment to reviving Matthew Stafford 's development...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 years ago 4,532 reads 17 comments

  22. What Is the Future of Julius Peppers with the Chicago Bears?

    There's a very good chance the Chicago Bears ' best player at an already lacking position will either need to accept a significant pay cut in 2014 or risk receiving his walking papers...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 years ago 28,318 reads 82 comments

  23. Green Bay Packers Defense Still Trying to Replace Super Bowl Stars

    The Green Bay Packers ' inability to adequately replace departed playmakers on the defensive side might represent the biggest difference between the Super Bowl champion club of ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 years ago 11,039 reads 54 comments

  24. What Does Matt Cassel Voiding His Contract Mean for Vikings?

    The decision to void the final year of his contract with the Minnesota Vikings has opened the door for Matt Cassel to understand how badly the new-look Vikings want him back while ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 years ago 11,946 reads 43 comments

  25. Facts and Figures Behind the Chicago Bears' Glaring Need at Safety

    Fresh off giving up the most points in franchise history and finishing dead last in the NFL against the run, the Chicago Bears ' much-maligned defense has entered the 2014 offseason with a number of obvious needs...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 years ago 10,906 reads 60 comments