Pair Of NFC North Teams Busy Already In Free Agency

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 5, 2010 – 10:34 am

Two NFC North teams made the playoffs last year – the Vikings and Green Bay Packers – and the 2 NFC North teams who didn’t qualify for the postseaon are already busy this offseason making adjustments aimed at improving their rosters.

The Chicago Bears are reportedly in the serious stages of negotiations with free agent DE Julius Peppers and they are also entertaining Vikings RB Chester Taylor. On top of that, Chicago has already signed TE Brandon Manumaleuna.

The Detroit Lions have signed former Vikings and Seahawks WR Nate Burleson and have also reportedly traded for Cleveland Browns DT Corey Williams. In addition to that,’s Jason La Canfora reported that Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz was at DE Kyle Vanden Bosch’s house just after the free agency signing period began last night.

[UPDATE: La Canfora is now reporting that Vanden Bosch and the Lions have agreed to a deal.]

Suffice it to say, the free agency period is in full swing and the NFC North is already in on the action.

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41 Responses to “Pair Of NFC North Teams Busy Already In Free Agency”

  1. By the horned norseman on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    so long,chester,…..

  2. By Douglas Q on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    The Bears are trying to sign Chester Taylor, Julius Peppers, and Brandon Marshall. They’re giving up alot of money just to get back to the playoffs. NFC North is going to be so competitive next season. Better than the NFC East but the two divisions play each other this year so we’ll see

  3. By Justin K on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Just like the Vikings to blow the start of free agency. They could have re-signed Taylor in a un-capped year, Hopefully the organization isn’t satisfied with last season and just wants to cash out. If anything it makes more sense for the Viking to spend big than the Bears with how close they were. Who do they think is out there that will be a better back-up to AP. Lets face it, he needs a good one with those butter fingers.

  4. By kyle walton on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    well there goes next years chances… does nobody realize how important taylor was to the vikings?….dumb move vikings

  5. By chris g on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I have to laugh when I read some of these comments about how the Vikings should have spent alot of money on Chester and how they blew it and how our chances for next year are now shot. These people are obviously fair weather fans. They could still go after Westbrook or wait to see who else becomes available. You don’t pay a back up $3 million a year like the Bears gave Taylor. Relax you so called fans. It’s only March.

  6. By Dave on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Taylor was a big part of the Vikes sucess last year and he will be missed. On the other hand I would LOVE if they went after Westbrook. He is familiar with the offense chilly runs. I would also like to see Harvin get some snaps to spell AP. Being from Iowa I know that albert young doesnt have the abilities to be an effective 3DRB

  7. By Robin S. on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    What a shame to lose Chester Taylor. He doesn’t fumble. He should have had the ball more last year. I hope we get someone great to replace him. We need someone that doesn’t fumble or we are doomed. The Bears are going strong after the great players. Please Vikings, do the same. Brett needs protection. We will miss you Chester! Good luck, except when playing us.

  8. By the horned norseman on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    westbrook is too injury prone,plus i don’t believe he’d be happy as a back-up/3rd down rb….hope they p/u a quality rb in the draft…

  9. By Kevin on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    So sorry to loose Chester T today to of all teams, Duh Bears. He will be missed. Thanks for all your hard work. I hope Chilly can come up with a plan for 3rd downs now……:)

  10. By Colin H. on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think the issue next season is going to be the offensive line, mainly at the tackle position, with vanden bosch and peppers in the division now and they definitely werent a strong suit last season… what about d-backs?? could use some upgrades there for sure as well

  11. By david on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    NOOO!!! I miss taylor already! yah he didnt play much but he did make a difference when he was out there

  12. By BearsFan on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you for Chester Taylor guys. It will also be a pleasure to watch Brett Favre get drilled into the ground by Julius Peppers next season too.

  13. By Nope on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    This is the worst website for any updates.


  14. By BearsFan on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Peppers did it to him in the Carolina game this year and Brett got up and kept on ticking. And incidently led the Vikings to a NFC championship game that they dominated the Saints in. Huh, what did duh Bears do. Oh yea, they did beat the Viking in 10 degree weather at Soldier. You guys will be out matched again next year. Although we have to give your staff credit for wanting to improve.

  15. By Jeff on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    All Vikings fans appreciate what Chester did fir them whil wearing the gold & purple. $3 million is alot of $ for an occasional back, but I think dah bears will try & use him more than on just 3rd downs. I wish we could have kept him, but he wanted more playing time I’m sure. I wish he would have gone to a team in a different division, because now we have to put the hurt on him all the time now! lol

  16. By Dave on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    It was dumb to let taylor go but would have probably cost to much to keep him sorry to see him leave especially to a division rival. I do believe the vikes will have trouble with him gone.

  17. By Douglas Q on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone calm down. The main focus is the O Line, the Secondary, the MLB position, and Special Team. I didn’t want Chester to go but he helps us free up our roster to sign players. Remember the Vikings were a final 4 team so they can’t go out signing all the good players and keep the ones they already have. Let’s just wait and see what happens from here. I was told that the Vikings are drafting a RB in the first round. I think that is a stupid idea. We need help in the secondary immediately. And perhaps a new defensive scheme. I’m not a fan of the Tampa 2 defense because our secondary lets everyone catches the ball and they always drop easy interceptions. I think they should trade Mckinnie for a 1st round and a second round pick because he’s not that good and directs a lot of negative attention

  18. By Douglas Q on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think next season will be one of the interesting seasons to watch due to all the new changes and new rules the league are enforcing this year.

  19. By Nate F. on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Question for anyone: Did the Vikings release Karl Paymah? I’ll be happy if they did. So far the Vikings seem to be playing it cool. They’re not going after any of the free agents, I thought they would try get Peppers or even Antonio Cromartie from the Chargers. I don’t like this silent approach. I want to hear updates! All I keep hearing about is the Bears.

  20. By rap99 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings will not draft a RB in the 1st round.

  21. By PAUL WaLL on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply


  22. By dave koepp on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    lets get Brett back.

    get a back up running back, dont forget Percy is pretty good at running the ball

    we always draft well even in later rounds, look a Jasper, two of last three rookie of years

    say what you want about Chilly but our wins went 8, 10 ,12
    Westbrook would be a good fit but I would love Thomas Jones

    Bears fans suck big DxxK they are the worst people in the world

  23. By Chandler on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Please stop yelling at us Mr. Wall. I think Douglas has got it right. But, come to think of it, I don’t even know who are 3rd string RB was.

  24. By Paul on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chester Taylor still has good tread on the tires. He fits Mike Martz’s offensive scheme. I won’t go so far as to say he’s Marshall Faulk however. Don’t forget the Vikings do have Albert Youg on the practice squad who has some of Chester Taylors strongest qualities, a good 3rd down back who can catch the ball coming out of the backfield, and a change of pace to Adrian. The Julius Peppers signing maybe concerns me more as he gave McKinnie and Hutch a tough night, and now we play him twice. If he’s motivated look out. If recent history is a guide, the Vikings ownership under the Wilf family hasn’t been afraid to pick up a top free-agent if they are the missing ingredient to the teams success. Plus if you look at Ray Edwards late season success, we may all be talking more of him than Jared Allen real soon. Cornerbacks (Cedric won’t be ready at the start of the season.), additional linebacker, and their are still plenty of them left. It’ll be a tough division, but we’re still in great shape!

  25. By Johnny on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Why every other team so busy of signing player and the viking are still thinking about the lost to the WHODAT and not looking for good player… Lazy ass..

  26. By Walter on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Butterfingers Peterson needs a good backup hopefully well find one. But if Farve doesnt make up his goofy mind our season will not be dominant as our schedule in 09′ was weak and we still lost 3 of 4 at the end with a lot of trouble on the road!

  27. By cody on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    ok sence the idoit vikings have got rid of taylor there best thing to do is go after LT if he hasnt already been scoopped up now LT and AP would be a good combo,but we all know that the vikings dont think the right way im so annoyed right now it isnt evan funny stupi f#@#ing vikings and im a die hard vikings fan

  28. By TW VIKE on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Bear fan- Your running game will still stink, cry baby Cutler will lead the league in INTs(again) & your defense will still suck. Lions pass you for third in the Division.

  29. By TW VIKE on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Bear fan- Your running game will still stink, Cry baby Cutler will lead the league in INTs(AGAIN) & your defense will still suck ! Lions pass you for 3rd in the division. Dont get your hopes up.

  30. By vikingsfan4life on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    taylor is no AP and yes he will be missed but it all will make no matter if we don’t have a QB right?????without favre again next year the vikings hopes of another playoff run is gone !!!even if they sign LT, T.Jackson just don’t have what it takes to win a playoff game let alone a cannot win with just RB’s the vikings found that out a long time ago..sounds to me like the vikings have their work cut out for them..and if they want to be where they were in 2009 they better get started on it now..stop worrying about what favre does or is going to do, and look ahead to next year and get ready for it !!!!!

  31. By Tommy Gee on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    It appears the Bears are laying the foundation for a NFL retirement home. Good for them ……. it is sorely needed!

  32. By vikingsaregreat on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    i love the vikings….they are the greatest!!!!!

  33. By vikingsarebest on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    i love the vikings but why have we never won a championship. maybe we should sign someone so we might win our first championship ever.

  34. By Dave M (Vikes4Ever) on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    We were just a play or two away from the super bowl. So maybe if Brett had more time he wouldn’t have hurried that last pass. So I’m just saying that the O-Line failed us miserably. No holes for AP to run through and no time for Brett to get set up without getting slammed to the ground. Maybe if AP can’t solve his fumbling woes sit him more. But please get rid of McKinney who has no concept of “one for all” and the other sorry RT(s). How did our center and RG(s) grade out last year because I’m not sure if they were effective or not. I hope this current inactivity in the free agency market doesn’t mean the Vikes are content and won’t make the necessary improvements. My final thought is this…maybe just maybe if we get Brett help on the O-Line he will come back possibly even for training camp lol.

  35. By Josh s. on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chester so long and best of luck to you from a fan who understands you needed to get your for your future after football, and to those fans who dont keep the faith every year and love all our players always no matter how they play and to those of us who worry about the loss of Chester and if Favre will be back,….He will come back…..More Harvin in the back field, ya baby,…and Next Year realy is The Year of The Vikings.So Bleed Purple always, and go Vikings… (Believe, Superbowl)……

  36. By Jeb Stuart on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    L.T. is available from San Diego. He can fill the empty shoes.

  37. By garry on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    As per the policies of the NFL, The Vikings because of the strong season that was completed, has to lose a player to free agency, before it can go after free agents.

  38. By jenny on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Chester will be missed, great when had the chances and i agree he should have been used more. A hard nosed guy i that is available Kevin Faulk, good fit? I think so. Hes got the great mind set to hit it hard. Lets make some good moves this offseason and lets make em soon to get these fans pumped

  39. By Rese on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    So sorry to let CT go..he should have been used more. After all AP is good when he wants to but those butter fingers decrease his credibility. I am increasingly annoyed with the Vikings choices at this point…there aren’t any! They aren’t making any noise as far as signing any free agents at the moment. We should at least hear about for sure prospects. no more speculation. They cannot wait too long on Favre to make a decision. They could do whatever they want in the free agency and draft but it wouldn’t matter if they don’t have a good QB to hold the team together.

  40. By Paul on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Wow! I hear a lot about L.T. I hear comments that are negative about A.P. and always by people claiming to be die-hard Vikings fan. As a coach, any die-hards like that can go play in the pep band. Adrian Peterson is STILL the best back in football. Yes, this off season a greater effort will be placed on securing the ball. Maybe I’m missing something in regards to Tomlinson, the Chargers have no real every down back waiting in the wings, Sproles is a change of pace but not an every down back, so why are Mr. Tomlinson’s services available? In his prime, L.T. was phenominal, but this past season he didn’t display that burst that broke the arm tackle that sprung him for the 20 yard runs, thus, 3 yards and a cloud of dust. I’m sure league G.M.’s see that, and if they take a chance on him it will be like the Broncos picking up Tony Dorsett. Do you remember his long runs in Denver? Me neither. Be patient. Who did the Saints or Colts sign as free agents on Day 1 last year? Yes, they signed some but who was the difference maker? It sometimes is the ho-hum acquisition that is the missing piece. Stay true to the purple, don’t panic over every signing made by decision rivals. It’s either a green or purple plain and simple.

  41. By john masters on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I like the RB tayor—-but remember the Pittsburg game/Brett threw a perfect pass and it went right threw his hands( they intercepted)–then ran it back for a TD. He help us loose that game.Back-up running backs are a dime a dozen.The secondary is a big problem area.In the Saints game–Cedric went out with an injury ,and they went right to the guy who replaced him.Would be great to draft a tall ,speedy,tough,–CB or safty.I’ve never been to minnesota but love the team to death.Brett reminds me of Fran Tarkenton so much.If we get brett back –it’s on !!——–goooooooooooooooo vikes !!

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