NFC North in season one yielded two ten win playoff teams (Lions, Vikings) and saw a playoff win by the division champion Vikings over the Cardinals. The Bears finished 7-9 and the Packers in the cellar at 4-12 (not my fault , yet anyway) This offseason the North has been pretty busy , lets catch up a bit with the coldest division in the NFC (except for you skirts playing in a dome, am I right MG ? ) Starting from the bottom (if you say "now we are here" you are a lame) is the Packers and new owner yours truly .... The Packers Signings: QB Carson Palmer 1yr 1.16 LE CJ Wilson 3yr 4.56 HB Khiry Robinson 2yr 1.18 WR Larry Fitzgerald 4yr 5.34 OLB Victor Butler 3yr 3.25 HB LaRod Stephens-Howling 2yr 1.52 K Mike Nugent 1yr 1.01 DT Ryan Pickett 1yr 1.5 Trades: traded DE Julius Peppers to Cincy for 4th round pick & 7th traded 3rd round pick to Sea for DE Brian Vallere & 6th round pick traded 1st round #4 overall & 2016 5th rounder to the Cardinals for their 1st, 2nd , 3rd in 2015 and 1st in 2016 Overall grade: A- Maybe a bit bias here , but I like what I have done so far. By adding Pickett & Wilson in free agency and Vallere via trade to the defensive line we now have 4 players we can count on to front the 3-4. The addition of Victor Butler adds depth to our OLB group. I am stoked to have Nugent as Buckeye fan , and I have hung out with him a few times and he is cool peoples. Veteran Larry Fitzgerald is on the decline for sure, but he will see time in the red zone and his 95 personalty will put butts in the seats and jerseys over those butts .... or something like that. The trade back is good move as the prior ownership had a much different idea of the needs of this team than I do in the draft. The board I inherited is not something I am in love with and I just did not have a guy I wanted with the #4 overall pick. Next year we will have two 1st rounders to build on as our core players will start to see the other side of age 30. Da Bears Signings: FS Chris Conte 3yr 3.95 QB Matt Scott 1yr 870k WR Chris Givens 2yr 1.99 TE Gerell Robinson 2yr 1.7 DT Nick Fairley 4yr 43.3 C Mike Pouncy 4year 33.2 MLB Akeem Jordan 1yr 2.2 CB Curtis Marsh 1yr 750k Trades : None Grade: A Sweet baby Tebow _MG_ and the Bears were making it rain worse than when Jesse blew all of Walt's money for an RV! (if you don't follow that reference you need to step your TV game up). The addition of Fairley & Pouncey gives the Bears two of the most coveted free agents on the market, and improves them in the trenches by a big margin. The real question here is long term impact on the cap and funds. Hopefully the Bears brass are not counting on an Obama bail out , I got a feeling BobJr probably votes Republican being from Texas and all The Lions Signings: CB Brandon Harris 2yr 2.0 QB Tyler Bray 1yr 1.3 QB Zac Dysert 2yr 3.6 RE Arthur Jones 4yr 12.8 DT Jerrell Powe 1yr 1.35 RG Vinson Painter 1yr 510k SS Johnson Bademosi 1yr CB Mike Jenkins 1yr 2.6 C Rodney Hudson 3yr 3.4 LE Adam Carriker 3yr 6.23 FS Brandian Ross 1yr 730k FS Kendrick Lewis 3yr 4.83 SS Brandon Taylor 1yr 780k CB Cortland Finnegan 1yr 3.74 OLB Akeem Ayers * yr 10.6 LG Chris Hubbard 2yr 1.14 HB Terrance West 1yr 520k RT Derek Newton 2yr 1.48 OLB Paul Kruger 4yr 13.3 FB Will Tukuafu 2yr 1.52 WR Ramses Barden 4yr 4.8 MLB Preston Brown 1yr 660k WR Brandon Coleman 1yr 670k FB Jorvorskie Lane 4yr 2.68 Trades: None Grade: C+ Holy hand cramp ! Shaun Mason brought in more new guys that a high school full of Kardashian's . I like some of these moves to sure up his 3-4 cheesefense .... er defense rather. The addition of Arthur Jones on the line and OLB Ayers and bringing back in season pick up Paul Kruger should help right away. The offensive side of the ball didn't yield too many big names , well Barden is kind of a big name being 6'6" but not sure how much PT he will see. The Lions WR group might actually have a chance against the sorry ass Pistons. The Vikings / Aztec Warriors ? or something ? or maybe ? not sure ? .... Signings: None Trades: Traded HB Adrian Peterson to the Saints for Junior Gallette , a 3rd round pick in 2015 and a 1st in 2016 Grade: C- Vikings owner controllerabuser is strapped for cash and possible moving to a completely different country , so the Vikings have had a rough offseason so far. In a shocking , but not really move the Vikes have agreed to ship off former fan favorite AP to the London / Dublin / Paris or whatever European city Saints team for a marginal return I think. The added picks will help but you have to wonder if they got equal value long term. Only time will tell, but hopefully the currency exchange in Mexico will make up for the lost jersey sales Stay tuned for after draft updates on Friday !