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  1. Rookie contracts still haunt Lions

    Kevin Seifert

    The Detroit Lions have made it two-thirds of the way through treating a rare but asphyxiating condition: They were the NFL's worst team when the rookie pay scale was most crippling to the teams with high first-round draft choices. After finishing ...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  2. Dominoes fall after Matt Kalil arrival

    Kevin Seifert

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- It's not often when an NFL coach introduces a draft pick "as our starter" for "many, many years to come." Usually you at least see a charade of making the rookie "win" the job. But the Minnesota Vikings have too many immedia...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  3. BBAO: Profiling Bears' Stephen Paea

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: You'll find all kinds of interesting nuggets in Michael C. Wright's profile of new Chicago Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea over on This passage stood out to me: Based on the rookie slotting syst...

    Blog | June 17, 2011
  4. James Starks won't play for Packers

    Kevin Seifert

    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We hate to bring the James Starks cult this bit of bad news: Starks is inactive for the Green Bay Packers' game against the New York Giants, the second consecutive game the rookie running back will miss. As with last Sunday's ga...

    Blog | December 26, 2010
  5. Bears hoping to add Joe Webb to their list

    Kevin Seifert

    Speaking on a conference call last week, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith turned the tables on a group of reporters. Asked about the rookie quarterback he's likely to face Monday night, Smith laughed and said: "You guys could probably tell more about ...

    Blog | December 18, 2010
  6. Updating the rookie signings

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert Green Bay's contract agreement with offensive lineman T.J. Lang gives us the opportunity to update our award-winning draft-pick chart: Chicago: All nine signed Detroit: Two of 10 signed Quarterback Matt...

    Blog | July 07, 2009
  7. Updating the rookie signings

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert Linebacker Jasper Brinkley's agreement Tuesday with Minnesota allows us to update our hotly-followed NFC North draft signing chart. We're now more than halfway there. By my count, NFC North teams have si...

    Blog | June 30, 2009
  8. Updating the rookie signings

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert A couple more signings of the 2009 draft class allows us to update our newly reader-friendly chart. (Green Bay signed offensive lineman Jamon Meredith and Detroit agreed to terms with tight end Dan Gronkowski.) ...

    Blog | June 25, 2009
  9. Morning Roar: Ziggy Ansah's in Week 1?

    Kevin Seifert

    Good morning and ROARRRRRRRR! It's quite obvious that Detroit Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah won't play in Thursday night's preseason finale at the Buffalo Bills. The big question is whether he'll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season against the Mi...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  10. Dirty Laundry: The price of head contact

    Kevin Seifert

    I cringed and started worrying after the third or fourth time I saw Jon Bostic's highlight-reel hit last week. Would the collision between Bostic, the Chicago Bears' rookie middle linebacker, and San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie surface as the...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  11. Lions promote Darius Slay amid changes

    Kevin Seifert

    It has always seemed a matter of time before the Detroit Lions elevated rookie cornerback Darius Slay to first-team status, and it appears that time has come. Slay spent the weekend in that role, having hurdled veteran Ron Bartell to work opposite...

    Blog | August 18, 2013
  12. Personnel whirlwind for Lions' defense*

    Kevin Seifert

    In the past two days, the Detroit Lions have signed a 34-year-old defensive tackle and a 30-year-old linebacker. They've also made plans to work out a soon-to-be 33-year-old cornerback while also signing a rookie defensive lineman whose checkered pas...

    Blog | August 17, 2013
  13. Preseason Week 1: Fun night for Lions

    Kevin Seifert

    Reviewing Friday's action at Ford Field: Detroit Lions 26, New York Jets 17 Preseason record: 1-0 Of interest: The Lions couldn't have asked for a better start from rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who snagged a Mark Sanchez pass on the sec...

    Blog | August 10, 2013
  14. Preseason Week 1: Brief glimpse of Vikings

    Kevin Seifert

    Reviewing Friday's action at the Metrodome: Houston Texans 27, Minnesota Vikings 13 Preseason record: 0-1 Of interest: Similar to fellow rookie Ziggy Ansah in Detroit, Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson made an immediate splash. He r...

    Blog | August 10, 2013
  15. On rookie punters Jeff Locke, Sam Martin

    Kevin Seifert

    Expectations rise for any specialist deemed talented enough to be drafted, and so there has been plenty of interest this summer in how the new punters in Minnesota (Jeff Locke) and Detroit (Sam Martin) are doing in training camp. Both were selected i...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  16. BBAO: Kyle Long gets a surprise

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Training camp is a time for sweat, soreness, exhaustion and, naturally, arachnids. Check out this video that Chicago Bears rookie Kyle Long posted to his Instagram account Thursday night. It appears that just as y...

    Blog | August 02, 2013