NFC North tour: Offseason moves

Packers and Vikings have been quiet; Bears and Lions have been active ... we have all of the transactions made in the division this offseason.

Here is a rundown of the NFC North's offseason transactions.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers continue following standard operating procedure. They were quiet in free agency and, as usual, are in no hurry to sign their draft picks. Part of the reason is because for each draft pick signed, someone must be released to stay at the 80-player limit. Why get rid of one of the undrafted free agents before you need to?

Franchise player: None.

Transition player: None.

Unrestricted free agents (not tendered)

— OT Mark Tauscher (not tendered as UFA June 6).

Restricted free agents: None.

Exclusive rights free agents: None.

Draft picks signed: None.

Players re-signed

— S Atari Bigby: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.

— CB Jarrett Bush: RFA; tendered at $1.01M (matched Titans offer); $4.5M/3 yrs, $1M SB.

— FB John Kuhn: RFA; $1.01M/1 yr.

— TE Tory Humphrey: Not tendered as RFA; $460,000/1 yr.

— WR Ruvell Martin: RFA; $1.01M/1 yr.

— DE Michael Montgomery: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

— CB Tramon Williams: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

Players acquired

— C Duke Preston: UFA Bills; $2M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

— S Anthony Smith: Not tendered as RFA by Steelers; $1.485M/2 yrs, $100,000 RB.

Players lost

— WR Shaun Bodiford: Not tendered as RFA/Giants; terms unknown.

— DT Colin Cole: UFA Seahawks; $21.4M/5 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

— LB Jason Hunter (released).

— LS J.J. Jansen (traded Panthers).

— DE Kenneth Pettway (released/failed physical).

Chicago Bears

The Bears signed seven draft picks on May 30, all to four-year contracts, including defensive end Henry Melton and cornerback D.J. Moore, their fourth-round picks. Also agreeing to terms were both fifth-round picks, wide receiver Johnny Knox and linebacker Marcus Freeman; sixth-round safety Al Afalava; and both seventh-rounders, offensive lineman Lance Louis and wide receiver Derek Kinder.

The Bears' top two draft picks remain unsigned, a pair of third-rounders, defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert and wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias.

Franchise player: None.

Transition player: None.

Unrestricted free agents (not tendered)

— S Mike Brown (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— QB Rex Grossman (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— WR Brandon Lloyd (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— OLB Darrell McClover (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— OT Fred Miller (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— S Cameron Worrell (not tendered as UFA June 1).

Restricted free agents: None.

Exclusive rights free agents: None.

Draft choices signed

— DE Henry Melton (4/105): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

— CB D.J. Moore (4/119): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

— WR Johnny Knox (5/140); $ yrs, terms unknown.

— LB Marcus Freeman (5/154): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

— S Al Afalava (6/190): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

— TE Lance Louis (7/246): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

— WR Derek Kinder (7/251): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

Players re-signed

— CB Marcus Hamilton: ERFA; $460,000/1 yr.

— RB Kevin Jones: UFA; $3.5M/2 yrs, $1M SB.

— LB Nick Roach: ERFA; terms unknown.

Players acquired

— FS Josh Bullocks: UFA Saints; 1 yr, $525,000 guaranteed.

— QB Jay Cutler (trade Broncos).

— TE Michael Gaines: FA Lions; terms unknown.

— OT Frank Omiyale: UFA Panthers; $11.5M/4 yrs, $5.5M SB.

— OT Orlando Pace: FA Rams; $15M/3 yrs, guarantees unknown.

— OT Kevin Shaffer: FA Browns; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

— LB Pisa Tinoisamoa: FA Rams; 1 yr, terms unknown.

Players lost

— WR Marty Booker (released).

— LB Gilbert Gardner (released).

— S Brandon McGowan: UFA Patriots; terms unknown.

— OG Terrence Metcalf (released).

— QB Kyle Orton (Traded Broncos).

— T/G John St. Clair: UFA Browns; $9M/3 yrs, $600,000 guaranteed.

— OT John Tait (retired).

Detroit Lions

The Lions have added a remarkable 24 players this offseason, and that doesn't include the draft picks.

The latest was offensive tackle Jon Jansen, who will compete with Gosder Cherilus, last year's first-round pick, at right tackle, though he might cross-train at other positions. Jansen has been a right tackle his entire career and fits what the Lions want to do in the power running game. He has struggled with injuries the past five years, but the Lions think he can still be an effective player.

"We've all had situations where a player's come available, and you can't believe it," coach Jim Schwartz said. "'Whoa, how did he become available?' And then you watch tape, and he doesn't look like he did five years ago, something like that. We felt very comfortable with him that he's looked like he has. He has had injuries over the past few years, but he's also played productively and played at a high level when he's been healthy."

Franchise player: None.

Transition player: None.

Unrestricted free agents (not tendered)

— RB Rudi Johnson (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— DT Shemiah LeGrande (not tendered as ERFA).

— C Andy McCollum (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— DT Langston Moore (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— LB Ryan Nece (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— CB Stanley Wilson (not tendered as UFA June 1).

Restricted free agents: None.

Exclusive rights free agents: None.

Draft choices signed

— QB Matthew Stafford (1/1): $74/M/6 yrs, $41.7M guaranteed.

Players re-signed

— RB Aveion Cason: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— WR Keary Colbert: UFA; terms unknown.

— T/G Damion Cook: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— T George Foster: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— PK Jason Hanson: Potential UFA; 4 yrs, terms unknown.

— OG Stephen Peterman: Potential UFA; $15M/5 yrs, $5.5M guaranteed.

Players acquired

— OT Kirk Barton (waivers Bengals).

— CB Tra Battle (waivers Cowboys).

— CB Phillip Buchanon: UFA Buccaneers; $8.5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

— DE Sean Conover (waivers Jets).

— WR Ronald Curry: FA Raiders; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— OG Toniu Fonoti: FA; terms unknown.

— LB Larry Foote: FA Steelers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— OG Dylan Gandy: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— LB Curtis Gatewood (waivers Chiefs).

— TE Will Heller: UFA Seahawks; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— CB Anthony Henry (trade Cowboys).

— DE Eric Hicks: FA; terms unknown.

— DE Jason Hunter (waivers Packers).

— DT Grady Jackson: UFA Falcons; $8M/3 yrs, guarantees unknown.

— OT Jon Jansen: FA Redskins; $845,000/1 yr.

— WR Bryant Johnson: UFA 49ers; $9M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

— CB Eric King: UFA Titans; $4.25M/2 yrs, SB unknown.

— OT Daniel Loper: UFA Titans; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— S Marquand Manuel: FA Broncos; terms unknown.

— RB Maurice Morris: UFA Seahawks; $7M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

— LB Julian Peterson (trade Seahawks).

— OT Ephraim Salaam: FA Texans; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— FB Terrelle Smith: UFA Cardinals; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— LB Cody Spencer: UFA Jets; 1 yr, terms unknown.

Players lost

— CB Leigh Bodden (released).

— FB Jon Bradley (released).

— RB Brian Calhoun (released/failed physical).

— DT Shaun Cody: UFA Texans; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

— OT Junius Coston (released).

— WR Mike Furrey (released).

— TE Dan Campbell (released).

— LB Anthony Cannon (released/failed physical).

— OL Jon Dunn (released/failed physical).

— CB Travis Fisher (released).

— OT George Foster (released).

— TE Michael Gaines (released).

— QB Drew Henson (released).

— QB Jon Kitna (traded Cowboys).

— LB Paris Lenon: UFA Patriots; $800,000/1 yr, $50,000 SB.

— WR Shaun McDonald: UFA Steelers; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— OG Edwin Mulitalo (released).

— FB Moran Norris: UFA 49ers; $5M/3 yrs, $1.5M SB.

— QB Dan Orlovsky: UFA Texans; $9.15M/3 yrs, $2.4M SB.

— TE John Owens: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.

— DT Cory Redding (traded Seahawks).

— DE Corey Smith: UFA (presumed deceased in boating accident).

— S Dwight Smith (released/failed physical).

— WR Travis Taylor (released).

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings usually are one of the most active teams in acquiring players, but not so this year. Instead, the Vikings lost a vital cog in free agency with center Matt Birk bolting to Baltimore. His replacment, John Sullivan, is smart, but at 6-foot-1 and 304 pounds, will he be able to handle the massive likes of Green Bay's Ryan Pickett and Detroit's Grady Jackson?

Franchise player: None.

Transition player: None.

Unrestricted free agents (not tendered)

— DT Kenderick Allen (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— S Michael Boulware (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— LB Napoleon Harris (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— LB Dontarrious Thomas (not tendered as UFA June 1).

— DT Ellis Wyms (not tendered as UFA June 1).

Restricted free agents: None.

Exclusive rights free agents: None.

Draft choices signed: None.

Players re-signed

— DT Fred Evans: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.

— FB Heath Farwell: UFA; $7.75M/2 yrs, $3.25M SB.

— CB Charles Gordon: Potential RFA; $535,000/1 yr plus incentives.

— DE Otis Grigsby: Not tendered as RFA; $535,000/1 yr.

— DT Jimmy Kennedy: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— TE Jim Kleinsasser: UFA; $9M/3 yrs, guarantee unknown.

— DE Jayme Mitchell: Potential RFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

— CB Benny Sapp: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— FB Naufahu Tahi: RFA; $1.4M/1 yr, $500,000 guaranteed (matched Bengals offer).

Players acquired

— WR Glenn Holt: Not tendered as RFA by Bengals; 1 yr, terms unknown.

— CB Karl Paymah: UFA Broncos; $1.55M/1 yr.

— QB Sage Rosenfels (trade Texans).

Players lost

— C Matt Birk: UFA Ravens; $12M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

— LB Vinny Ciurciu (released).

— QB Gus Frerotte (released).

— RB Maurice Hicks (released).

— OT Marcus Johnson: UFA Raiders; terms unknown.

— S Darren Sharper: UFA Saints; $1.7M/1 yr, $200,000 SB.


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