NFC North Notes: Tulloch, Lions, Vikings

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch still isn’t sure whether he’ll be a member of the Lions going forward. “My gut is we’ve got to wait and find out. Couple more days. We’ll see,” Tulloch said (Twitter link via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press). The veteran was told in February he wouldn’t be part of the team, but he remains on the team’s roster today. The 31-year-old has spent the last five years with Detroit.

Here’s more from the NFC North:

  • Charles Johnson has to fight for his spot on the Vikings‘ roster, but he is not to be counted out yet, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune writes. While there’s something of a logjam at wide receiver, Johnson did show a lot when he became Teddy Bridgewater’s go-to guy late in 2014. Many have noted that the pressure is being turned up on Cordarrelle Patterson after the team selected Laquon Treadwell and Moritz Boehringer in the draft, but Patterson is unlikely to go thanks to his return ability. If Johnson can shine in the coming weeks, Vensel believes that the Vikes will find room for him behind Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright, Patterson, and the team’s rookies.
  • Giovani Bernard‘s new contract with the Bengals should bode well for Lions running back Theo Riddick, Michael Rothstein of writes. Bernard, who agreed to a three-year, $15.5MM extension, is a more balanced tailback than Riddick, but the Lions back may offer more in the way of pass-catching value. Last season, Riddick caught 80 passes for 697 yards and three scores. Riddick can’t run like Bernard, so he probably won’t match him in terms of money, but the deal does give his agents a decent comp to work off of. Age is also working in the Notre Dame product’s favor as he only just turned 25 in May.
  • On Wednesday, the Bears placed Manny Ramirez on the reserve/retired list.
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