NFC North Notes: Packers, Lions, Boldin, Bears

Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel‘s lawsuit against the NFL and NFLPA has been resolved, as Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal tweets. As such, the NFL has agreed to appoint third arbitrator to hear Pennel’s appeal of his impending 10-game suspension. That appeal hearing was originally supposed to take place tomorrow, but the meeting has now been postponed, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Here’s more from the NFC North:

  • In the midst of his 15th NFL season, Packers edge rusher Julius Peppers isn’t committing to playing in 2017, reports Jason Wilde of ESPN.com (Twitter link). “I’m not saying that I don’t want to play next year,” said Peppers. “I’m not saying that I do. I’m just saying that right now I don’t know.” The 36-year-old Peppers is having another solid season, as he’s posted 6.5 sacks while grading as the league’s No. 26 edge defender, according to Pro Football Focus. He’ll be a free agent at season’s end.
  • Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin earned a $500K incentive bonus when the Lions won their eighth game of the season on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (Twitter link). Under the terms of the one-year deal he signed with Detroit, Boldin could possibly earn another $500K in not-likely-to-be-earned bonuses. Even in his age-36 season, Boldin is still producing, as he’s put up 52 receptions and six touchdowns this year.
  • Although they currently own the No. 4 overall pick in 2017 draft (pending the outcome of Monday Night Football), the Bears should focus on posting victories with their core rather than angling for a higher draft choice, argues Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times. Chicago is now 3-9 after beating San Francisco on Sunday, earning the win on the back of running back Jordan Howard‘s three touchdowns. Other recent acquisitions, such as quarterback Matt Barkley, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, and linebacker Leonard Floyd also provided “glimmers of hope,” as Jahns writes.
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8 comments on “NFC North Notes: Packers, Lions, Boldin, Bears

  1. ChiSoxCity

    A 3-9 team with more holes than Swiss cheese on it’s roster and no franchise QB should focus on wins? Really? What kind of brain-damaged reasoning is this? Adam Jahns should stick to the obituaries.

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    • cubsfan2489

      If you actually read his article, (let’s face it, you didn’t) you’d know the reason for him saying this is for a young team to come together and grow together. You sir, are a moron.

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      • ChiSoxCity

        Yeah, focus on meaningless wins with bad players. They do this crap every year, which is why they never get impact players in the draft. The Bears need a damn QB more than “getting experience” for this putrid roster. Not that it matter any way. They’ll draft another slow, clumsy white QB in the 3rd round since they allergic to black QBs with any kind of athletic ability.

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    • Agreed. He is an idiot

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      • PassionKiller

        well he’s a white sux fan. you have to appreciate that but yeah he is a moron

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  2. jkbuckets

    We need a franchise qb. We also need our young core to get experience. Besides this years draft is qb weak so winning games to get more experience isn’t the worst thing

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    • They will get experience and they are getting experience. No one is telling the players to lay down. But winning is not getting the young players turned into champions. Also your claim there is no front line QB is irrelevant. So what? High draft picks if used wisely gets top talent that can turn this around more then some irrelevant wins by players that will be playing and getting experience anyway. Also the higher the pick the better chance to trade down. So draft position is key. You do not need to take a QB that high. The Bears need help all over. So to say who cares since no QB prospect is so short sighted

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  3. PassionKiller

    As long as there is a McCaskey name plate on the doors of the front office the Bears aren’t going to go anywhere. So u all can analyze , debate , project but it won’t do any good

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