NFC North Links: Nelson, Vikings, Bears

Many prospective free agents give stock answers when asked about their next contract, expressing a desire to remain with their current teams because that’s what expected of them. But in the view of Rob Demovsky of, Jordy Nelson isn’t sticking to the middle of the road when discussing his situation with the Packers, and has expressed a strong preference to remain in Green Bay.

“My wife and I have enjoyed it,” Nelson said Sunday of his time with the Packers. “Let’s see, it’s six years, going on seven years now. We don’t want to go anywhere else. We love it here. We want to be here, and hopefully we can get to that point.”

Our Peter Sowards examined Nelson as an extension candidate last month.

Let’s check in on a few other items from around the NFC North:

  • Speaking of saying all the right things, Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater has suggested he’s perfectly content to start his NFL career as a backup. But as Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune writes, history suggests that a first-round quarterback like Bridgewater won’t stay on the bench for long.
  • In his latest mailbag, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune fields readers’ questions on a handful of Bears-related topics, including potential free agent targets still on the market, and whether or not Chicago would be willing to take a chance on recently-waived safety Will Hill.
  • Although Minnesota will never be at the top of most athletes’ destination wish lists, the Vikings and other local teams are proving it’s not the free agent outpost it used to be, writes Michael Rand of the Star Tribune.
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