NFC North Hot News

Injured players are recovering, and teams are fine-tuning their rosters as everyone around the NFC North begins to turn their attention to training camp.

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NFL Europe star signed

WR/KR Brian McDonald has been signed after finishing second in kick returns during the recently completed NFL Europe season. McDonald returned 14 kickoffs for Frankfurt, averaging 27.8 yards.

Not wasting time after being cut
Cut by the salary-cap strapped Titans on Wednesday, MLB Randall Godfrey was scheduled to meet with Jacksonville on Thursday. Seattle, Green Bay and Philadelphia are also believed to be interested in signing Godfrey, but the Jaguars might have the inside track because he played for the University of Georgia and is from Valdosta, Ga.

Claimed off waivers
Kicker Owen Pochman, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, was claimed off waivers from the Giants and signed a one-year, $300,000 contract. He was the Giants' kickoff specialist two seasons ago, and could conceivably handle those duties for the Packers with Ryan Longwell serving as the field goal kicker.

Placed on waivers
Zak Kustok, who signed with the Packers on Feb. 7 and participated in the team's post-draft and June minicamps, was placed on waivers today. The former Northwestern University starter originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent April 26, 2002, but was released when the roster was reduced to 65 players in training camp.

Doug Pederson, Craig Nall, newly acquired Akili Smith, and Eric Crouch will be competing for backup spots behind Brett Favre during Green Bay's training camp this season.

Plans to be ready by camp
DE Chukie Nwokorie suffered a sprained knee on the first day of the first minicamp in April and has been out since. He says he'll be ready for the start of training camp in July.


Headed for open market

The Vikings' attempts to trade center Cory Withrow have failed and, barring any late trade offer by a team in the next month or so, the Vikes are content to let him play out his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2004.

Chooses Jags over Vikings
Former Minnesota WR Matthew Hatchette, who just completed a season in NFL Europe, decided not to re-sign with the Vikings and instead is headed to Jacksonville. Hatchette, who received a one-year, $550,000 deal with a $25,000 signing bonus, chose the Jaguars because he'll get a chance to compete for the No. 3 spot with Donald Hayes, Micah Ross, Kevin Lockett and Jimmy Redmond.

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