Did you think that free agency in the NFC North wasn't interesting enough yet? You're in luck, as a second high-profile, aging, pass-rushing defensive lineman signed with a new team within the division this morning. We all know about Julius Peppers coming to Green Bay recently, but Jared Allen stole the headlines back today.
In addition to that, we have some additional comments from Mike McCarthy beyond what we addressed yesterday, as well as rules changes that were voted on at the NFL's Owners' Meetings. Start clicking and make your way back to APC for more news about our Green Bay Packers.
Jared Allen agrees to 4-year deal with Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Well that's interesting. The NFC North is just shuffling their deck of aging pass-rushers around, as Julius Peppers goes from Chicago to Green Bay and Jared Allen goes from Minnesota to Chicago.
Packers still want Jolly back, but are in holding pattern with Finley - JSOnline
We broke down a lot of Mike McCarthy's comments from yesterday, but there is plenty more that he discussed about some of the team's remaining free agents. Here is a recap of some of the coach's opinions on these players.
Packers highly unlikely to exercise 5th-year option on Sherrod | Packersnews
No offense to Derek Sherrod, but it would be fiscally irresponsible for the Packers to pay him almost $9 million when he has barely stepped on the field. The only chance he has is to win a starting job and play at a Pro Bowl level.
Guardians of the game; not in my book | Packers.com
"When I saw that the Falcons had signed Devin Hester, I literally laughed out loud." Oh, Vic.
Players can keep leaping at Lambeau - ESPN
Well this is good. The NFL has banned celebrating a touchdown by dunking the football over the goalpost, but that ban will not affect the Lambeau Leap.
NFL approves rule changes for roll-up blocks, replay - SBNation.com
The replay rule change makes complete sense - get an extra set of eyes on the play, and one that belongs to someone who is not involved in the game and knows how to interpret every rule in the book. They won't make the final decision like in the NHL's review system, but it's a step in the right direction.
NFL annual meetings: Safeties, linemen, draft talk & more from Tuesday's AFC coaches breakfast - SBNation.com
Hopefully we'll hear more from the NFC coaches soon. There are some very interesting notes from a few of the coaches from the other conference, though.