As another week continues in the franchise tag period, the NFC North has yet to see the designation used. Still, news could come as early as this week for players such as Kenny Golladay and Allen Robinson, and those decisions could have heavy impacts on their respective teams’ drafts. Particularly in Detroit, Golladay’s absence would leave a massive hole on a wide receiver unit that several draft pundits, including Mel Kiper Jr., believe should be addressed early in the draft.
Elsewhere around the division, Chicago remains on the quarterback hunt as a new name came under consideration this week. And in Minnesota, the Vikings will have a new offensive coordinator in Klint Kubiak during the 2021 season, but how much change will he bring? A Vikings mailbag tries to answer that question while another tries to bring increased admiration for Mike Zimmer’s coaching career in Minnesota.
Those stories and more can be found in today’s NFC North rundown.
Chris Spielman believes that a team, in today’s NFL, should be built from “the outside in,” with both sides of the ball taking the passing game much more into account.
Since drafting Darius Slay in 2013, Detroit has really struggled to capitalize on its second-round draft picks and find long-term producers.
Kiper believes that adding pieces around Goff at wide receiver, and hitting on those picks, could help Goff return to at least a “good” level and help avoid some of the issues that doomed Matthew Stafford during his time in Detroit.
Not too long ago, the Bears added Mark Helfrich from the college head coaching ranks after he was fired from Oregon. Chicago will be hoping from better luck with Herman this time around as a new analyst.
Chicago appears to have made its first cap decision of the offseason, parting ways with a veteran cornerback.
The chatter surrounding Wilson quickly made the Wentz-Bears conversation die off and has taken some buzz off of the Deshaun Watson speculation as well. But is Chicago really a “favorite” for Wilson, who played his final season of college ball less than three hours away?
Will Minnesota’s offense look very similar as Klint takes over the playcalling for his father, Gary? And how will the Vikings approach the draft this year after making an exceptionally high number of picks in 2020?
The seat appeared to be hot for Zimmer at various points of last season, but Minnesota has been a contender more often than not with him in charge.
Fitzgerald’s career would come full circle if he returned to his home state and to a team where he was formerly a ball boy. The Vikings also have a need for wide receiver depth behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.