NFC North links: Roles for Leshoure, Bell

March, 27, 2013
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Chicago Bears

The Bears and cornerback Kelvin Hayden have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says the Bears could do a lot worse than using their first-round draft pick on linebacker Manti Te'o. Haugh: "Even after signing veteran free-agent linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson to replace Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach, the Bears lack the youth and stability Te'o offers the position. Whether [GM Phil] Emery uses the No. 20 selection or trades down in the first round, he could justify taking Te'o if Georgia's Alec Ogletree goes as the first inside linebacker, as many expect."

Detroit Lions

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, linebacker Justin Durant is close to agreeing to a contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

Even though the Lions signed running back Reggie Bush, they still expect Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell to play big roles in 2013.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers on Tuesday signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.

Free-agent safety Michael Huff is reportedly planning a visit to Green Bay.

Minnesota Vikings

Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press reports the Vikings have re-signed linebacker Marvin Mitchell.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says it's too soon to panic regarding the e-pulltabs that are expected to cover the state's share of a new Vikings stadium. “We’ll work this out,” Dayton said. “It’s not about pointing fingers about what happened last spring. … Unless somebody can prove conclusively otherwise, I would say everybody -- the Gambling Control Board, the Department of Revenue, the Legislature, Republicans and Democrats, and my administration -- everybody acted in good faith, and has applied their best judgment to a totally unprecedented situation.”

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