NFC North notes

Here is a roundup of news and notes from the National Football League this spring from teams in the NFC's North Division:<p>

CHICAGO: Chasing quarterbacks has become a year-round pursuit for linebacker Brian Urlacher. The three-time All-Star helped the Bears recruit new QB Kordell Stewart during his visit to Chicago.

"When you have a Brian Urlacher who takes time out of his day to come and have lunch with me," Stewart says, "that tells me this man is serious about us trying to get something done."

Urlacher was eager to help the Bears land the coveted free agent.

"It was great to have a chance to get a guy like him here," said the linebacker. "Kordell is a great player and I'm thrilled to have him in Chicago."

DETROIT: The Lions continued their long-standing commitment to the community with a donation of athletic equipment, including everything from free weights to heavy-duty strength-training equipment, to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office on March 10.

"We selected the sheriff's office because of their strong commitment to public safety and homeland security," said Martin Mayhew, Lions senior vice president of football administration and legal affairs. "We are grateful for their service."

GREEN BAY: The Packers are offering fans a chance to be represented in the club's Hall of Fame. Currently being restructured and enhanced following its move to the heart of Lambeau Field from just outside the stadium, the hall will soon introduce "Titletown's Finest," an exhibit filled with memorabilia, photos and unique items submitted by fans. Submissions will be accepted until April 11 and the hall's grand reopening will take place in August.

MINNESOTA: The Vikings have improved their defensive backfield with the signing of cornerback Denard Walker, who has spent the past two seasons with Denver.

"We were able to sign a player who has never been on a losing team in his career," says Vikings head coach Mike Tice. "This is a big free-agent signing for us and we're thrilled to have him." Adds Walker, who has started 86 of his 93 career games, "The Vikings were looking for somebody who can hold up and play an aggressive style of defense. I'm excited about that and about helping us build a winning tradition."


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