NFC NORTH Chicago Bears Off-season newsmakers: Just one of the biggest trades in years. The Bears finally have a franchise quarterback after Jay Cutler arrived from Denver. They also brought in mammoth OT Orlando Pace.
Needs: WR and CB.
The buzz: The Cutler deal gutted their draft options, but plenty of WRs can be found after Round 1.
Detroit Lions Offseason newsmakers: They lost a solid CB in Leigh Bodden and replaced with him with a decent one in Phillip Buchanon. LB Julian Peterson was acquired, as was former Hampton High star Ronald Curry.
The buzz: With the exception of OLB Ernie Sims, all defensive spots are up for grabs. They seem to be targeting QB Matthew Stafford.
Green Bay Packers Offseason newsmakers: Brett Favre retired again … this time as a New York Jet.
Needs: OLB and DE.
The buzz: The Packers are moving to a 3-4, which means Aaron Kampman, a star at defensive end the last few seasons, will switch to linebacker. He'll need help alongside and in front. The Pack also will consider finding heirs to Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, given the depth of good tackles in the pool.
Minnesota Vikings Offseason newsmakers: None, really, though the Vikings should have been knee-deep in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes. Reliable veteran C Matt Birk signed with Baltimore.
Needs: QB and OT.
The buzz: Unless they plan to make a move up the board, don't expect the Vikings to solve their quarterback issues in this draft. Instead, a bookend to play right tackle opposite Bryant McKinnie might make the QBs they do have feel a little more at ease in the pocket.
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