NFC North potential free agents

[Editor’s note:  Free agency begins on March 10.  All potential unrestricted and restricted free agents for the NFC North teams appear below.  Information comes from NFLPA records and other sources.  If you think we’ve missed anyone, let us know.]

Chicago Bears:  linebacker Lance Briggs, guard Eben Britton, long snapper Jeremy Cain, quarterback Jimmy Clausen, safety Chris Conte, center Brian De La Puente, kicker Jay Feely, safety Danny McCray, cornerback Sherrick McManis, tight end Zach Miller, receiver Josh Morgan, fullback Montell Owens, defensive tackle Stephen Paea, tight end Dante Rosario, defensive end Trevor Scott, linebacker Darryl Sharpton, cornerback Charles Tillman, linebacker D.J. Williams.

Detroit Lions:  safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, fullback Jed Collins, tight end Kellen Davis, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, tackle Corey Hilliard, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, long snapper Don Muhlbach, quarterback Dan Orlovsky, linebacker Ashlee Palmer, kicker Matt Prater, center Dominic Raiola, guard Garrett Reynolds, guard Rob Sims, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Josh Thomas, cornerback Cassius Vaughn, linebacker Josh Bynes (RFA), quarterback Kellen Moore (RFA).

Green Bay Packers:  tackle Bryan Bulaga, cornerback Jarrett Bush, receiver Randall Cobb, quarterback Matt Flynn, defensive tackle Letroy Guion, cornerback Davon House, fullback John Kuhn, linebacker Jamari Lattimore, defensive lineman B.J. Raji, quarterback Scott Tolzein, cornerback Tramon Williams, tackle Don Barclay (RFA), receiver Jarrett Boykin (RFA), safety Sean Richardson (RFA).

Minnesota Vikings:  center Joe Berger, linebacker Jasper Brinkley, guard Vladimir Ducasse, fullback Jerome Felton, defensive tackle Tom Johnson, long snapper Cullen Loeffler, quarterback Christian Ponder, defensive end Corey Wootton, running back Matt Asiata (RFA), tackle Mike Harris (RFA).

17 responses to “NFC North potential free agents

  1. stellarperformance says:
    Feb 9, 2015 8:57 AM
    Packers can let these go: Bush, Flynn, Guion, Boykin, Richardson.

    A week ago I would have argued to keep Guion, but I am not so sure about that now. I would keep Richardson over Banjo (also a FA). I agree with the rest of those being gone and maybe even Lattimore and Raji, too.

  2. coolzog says:
    Feb 9, 2015 8:16 AM
    Let the Christian Ponder sweepstakes begin!

    Lol, actually that is a good question. What happens to Ponder? Could he go to a team needing a starter? Probably Not. Could he be a good number 2 for a team? Actually, I think he could. This is a case where a change of scenery could be a benefit.

  3. I’d steer clear of anyone on that GB list. It’s gonna take a while for them to mentally recover from the Collapse.

  4. Id steer clear of anyone on that MN list, being a perenial loser kind of gets into your bones and its hard to remove that kind of stench.

  5. GBs 3rd string QB Scott Tolzien is also a FA, Banjo is an exclusive rights FA so he isn’t going anywhere unless GB releases him.

  6. Of that list (and not knowing what other changes/additions they will be making), my first thoughts on players for the Bears to retain:

    Tillman (still has good football left him, great guy, great leader – retire as a Bear)

    De La Puente (multi-purpose)

    McManis (showed promise and hunger, esp. on special teams)

    Paea (really stepped up and had some big games – system fit?)

    Sharpton (doesn’t say much, but he was one of the more fundamentally sound/reliable of the LB corps)

    The rest – I could live without. Although if we can keep “Pickles” Clausen on as a cheap back-up while we develop a young QB draft pick, I’d be happy with him, too.

    And for the knuckleheads who insist Cutler needs to go – I’d offer you little reminder/history lesson re: the list of godawful Bears QBs we’ve had to endure the past 3 decades, but it’d read like a phone book. Cutler is the best we’ve got – for now. So shut up and give the man one more year before you run him out town (and find yourself immediately wishing we had him back).

    Ditto for Brandon Marshall – don’t buy the media narrative how he’s this enormous “distraction” – he’s a top 5 talent at the position, and gives the Bears the best chance to win. Don’t be such “grass-is-always-greener” kneejerks!

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