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NFC North Rundown: Cornerbacks comprise the bulk of free agency’s second wave

Minnesota brought back a former defensive back as part of several moves across the division to bolster the secondary.

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

While fans wait for the Green Bay Packers to add an external free agent to the roster outside of long snapper Joe Fortunato, the second wave of free agency has been active for the rest of the NFC North.

Perhaps no position has been more targeted over the past week than cornerback. While Patrick Peterson’s signing in Minnesota made headlines about two weeks ago, the Vikings were not afraid to continue adding depth to that area of need relatively early in the signing period. Even Chicago got into the mix this past week, hoping to help offset the loss of Kyle Fuller with a seasoned corner from a fellow divisional squad.

Today’s musings explore those recent signings, while also checking in on a coverage linebacker signing in Detroit and a look back at new Lion wide receiver Breshad Perriman’s wild Pro Day forty time.


Detroit Lions

Lions GM Holmes shares funny story about Breshad Perriman’s ‘record-breaking’ pro day

It is rare to see a player, much less at Perriman’s size, run a sub-4.2 second time in the 40-yard dash. Detroit’s general manager has some clarification about that specific time a few years back for his new wide receiver.

Lions leaning toward keeping Halapoulivaati Vaitai at guard

Signed to be a tackle, Vaitai has now become an “intriguing” guard candidate for new head coach Dan Campbell.

What the Lions are getting in LB Alex Anzalone

As an off-ball linebacker, Anzalone could slide into a variety of roles for Detroit’s defense, and this article even provides a diagram of how he fits in the front seven.


Chicago Bears

Bears end 16-game era with zero 4,000 yard passers

As the NFL begins its move to a 17-game season, a remarkable stat emerged this week about Chicago’s passers. Let’s just say the Packers have been fortunate.

Bears fans need to pump the brakes on Damien Williams

Williams brings some Super Bowl production with him, but he still figures to be the third running back on the depth chart for Chicago next season.

Trufant vows to bounce back from down year

After moving from one divisional team to another, Trufant’s first goal is to stay healthy as he tries to return to form on a prove-it, one-year deal.


Minnesota Vikings

Vikings’ secondary overhaul gives them options for 2021

Minnesota returns two young corners from last season, but will see an upgrade in terms of depth from a trio of incoming defensive backs, including a previous Viking.

Vikings News: Minnesota trades for starting offensive lineman

Acquired from the Arizona Cardinals, Mason Cole could slide into a vacant guard position during the 2021 season.

What’s Next For Eric Wilson?

The “Mike Zimmer effect” may not be helping Wilson’s case in finding a new team, but a reunion with the Vikings could still be possible.