NFC North: Latest headlines surrounding the Bears, Packers and Vikings

Posted May 17, 2013

Tim Twentyman pools together the latest news in the division as each team prepares to head into organized team activities

The third and final phase of the offseason training program begins next week for the Lions with the start of OTA practices. The offseason program concludes with a mandatory minicamp June 11-13.

Here’s a look at what news is coming out of Bears, Packers and Vikings camps heading into OTAs:

Gabe CarminiBears' T Gabe Carimi (Photo: AP Images)


Chicago Tribune columnist Dan Pompei
answers a mailbag of Bears questions including how first-round draft pick Kyle Long fits into the Bears’ plans.

Ex-quarterback Jim Miller is leaving his position as the radio analyst for Michigan State football games to take a communications position with the Bears.

Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Bears running back Matt Forte is learning more than the usual playbook under new coach Marc Trestman.

The Bears apparently haven’t given up on tackle Gabe Carimi yet.

With the opening rush of free agency completed and the draft now over, what remains the biggest unresolved issue for the Bears?


Randall Cobb was a terrific pick for the Packers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Entering his third season, he is excited for an expanded role in the offense.

The Packers have shuffled around some pieces to their offensive line once again.

Running back Alex Green is looking for a featured role in the Packers offense, even with rookie draft picks Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin now populating a suddenly crowded backfield.

NFL Network’s Darren Sharper picked the Packers’ wideouts as the best trio in the NFL.

Packers are hoping for Brett Favre reunion.


Here is a photo gallery provided by of their new stadium, which will feature a glass roof.

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Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the Vikings have made the decision to move Joe Webb from quarterback to receiver full time. Lions fans might remember Webb from this 65-yard touchdown run against them back in 2011.

The Vikings have a new middle linebacker, writes Tom Pelissero of, and he says he's playing angry in 2013.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has yet to find a new place to call home. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told "NFL AM" that Minnesota isn’t likely to be a landing spot.

The Vikings signed another trio of draft picks this week -- leaving their three first-round selections as the only players yet to sign.