While the Vikings made contact with free agent Andre Holmes before he signed with the Bills, Minnesota “never got serious” about inking the veteran pass-catcher, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The Lions had also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Holmes (and even had him in for a visit), but Detroit likely bowed out because Anquan Boldin may re-sign for the 2017 campaign, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter link).
Here’s more from the NFC North:
- Boldin has already indicated he’ll return for a 15th NFL season, but he may not sign with a club until later this summer, as Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com details. After leading the Lions with eight receiving touchdowns in 2016, a return to Detroit seems likely. But given that he’s now 36 years old and prefers his own workout routine, Boldin will likely hold off on inking a new deal so he can bypass team-mandated training sessions, per Rothstein. Boldin ranks as PFR’s No. 4 free agent wide receiver, behind Kamar Aiken, Victor Cruz, and Brian Quick.
- Before the two sides came together on a deal, the Bengals and Kevin Minter debated what linebacker position he would play in Cincinnati’s 4-3 scheme, writes Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Minter seems likely to play both middle and strong-side ‘backer, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, who writes Cincinnati inked Minter with an eye towards retaining compensatory picks. As I hinted at in PFR’s post on the signing, Minter’s addition could ultimately lead to the release of veteran LB Rey Maualuga.
- New Packers cornerback Davon House agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.8MM, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. House, now in his second go-round with Green Bay, will earn $850K guaranteed (all signing bonus) and has a base salary of $1.5MM. Meanwhile, another $350K in per-game roster bonuses and $150K in workout bonuses are also available.