Tracking NFC North Free Agency Activity

Posted Mar 20, 2017

NFL free agency is beginning its second full week. The process opened on March 9 and has led to several changes in and out of the NFC North.

In addition to the free agency tracker that has been keeping tabs on Vikings moves, here’s a look at what’s happened so far with the Bears, Lions and Packers.

Players who were ranked in’s Top 101 free agents list have the corresponding ranking after their name. Players who were not ranked in the list have “UR” for unranked.

Chicago Bears


S Chris Prosinski | UR

Prosinski has played 29 games and made six starts in addition to contributing on special teams in two seasons with the Bears. He’s appeared in 85 total games.

WR Deonte Thompson | UR

Thompson has started six of 23 games played for the Bears in the past two seasons, recording 24 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the NFL with 35 kickoff returns in 2016 and totaled 804 yards (23.0 average).

DL C.J. Wilson | UR

Wilson appeared in six games and made one start in his first season in Chicago. The former seventh-round pick by Green Bay (2010) has 84 games of experience.

CB Johnthan Banks | UR

Banks arrived in Chicago via a short stint in Detroit late last season. He started his career in Tampa Bay as a second-round pick and started 37 of 50 games for the Bucs, totaling seven interceptions.

K Connor Barth | UR

Barth made 18 of 23 field goals with a long of 54 and 31 of 32 extra points in his first season in Chicago.

G Eric Kush | UR

Kush re-signed before hitting free agency. He appeared in a career-best eight games in 2016.

Arrivals (former team):

QB Mark Sanchez (DAL) | UR

The former first-round pick of the Jets signed after spending one year with the Dallas Cowboys.

CB Prince Amukamara (JAX) | No. 40

The former first-round pick of the Giants in 2011 signed after spending one season in Jacksonville. He has seven career interceptions and has started 57 of the 69 games he’s played.

G Tom Compton (ATL) | UR

The native of Rosemount, Minnesota, appeared in all 16 games in his lone season with the Falcons after playing in 44 games with Washington to start his career.

S Quintin Demps (HOU) | UR

Demps started 26 of the 27 games he played the past two seasons in his second stint with the Texans. He has 41 career starts and 18 interceptions in 107 games played with four different teams.

QB Mike Glennon (TB) | No. 36

Glennon went 5-13 as a starter from 2013-14 for the Bucs. He’s appeared in two games since. In 21 total outings, he has completed 374 of 630 passes (59.4 percent) for 4,100 yards with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

DT John Jenkins (SEA) | UR

Jenkins has started 22 of 51 games played, including a career-high 12 with New Orleans in 2015.

TE Dion Sims (MIA) | UR

Sims started 22 of 56 games for the Dolphis, recording 74 catches for 699 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons.

WR Markus Wheaton (PIT) | UR

A third-round pick in 2013, Wheaton started 22 of 47 games played, totaling 107 catches for 1,508 yards and eight scores. He appeared in just three games in 2016.

WR Kendall Wright (TEN) | No. 59

A first-round selection in 2012, Wright’s most productive season in Tennessee was 2013 when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards with Bears Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains as the Titans OC. Wright has 280 catches, 3,244 yards and 18 scores but has missed 11 games the past two seasons.

RB Benny Cunningham (LAR) | UR

Cunningham, an undrafted rookie in 2013, totaled 171 rushes for 748 yards (4.4 per carry) and four touchdowns in 57 games. He also caught 93 passes for 752 yards with a touchdown.

Departures (new team):

QB Matt Barkley (SF) | UR

Barkley went 1-5 as a starter in 2016. He completed 129 of 216 passes (69.7) for 1,611 yards and eight scores but threw 14 interceptions last season.

QB Brian Hoyer (SF) | No. 73

Hoyer had four games with 300 or more passing yards in a row but went 1-4 for the Bears last season. The 49ers will be his seventh team and fourth since 2013.

WR Alshon Jeffery (PHI) | No. 1

Jeffery did plenty of damage in nine games against the Vikings: 45 catches, 685 yards and seven touchdowns. His career numbers so far: 304 catches, 4,549 yards, 26 touchdowns. Jeffery opted for a one-year deal with the Eagles.

G Ted Larsen (MIA) | UR

A sixth-round pick by New England in 2010, Larsen has started 65 of 101 games with three other teams (Tampa Bay, Arizona, Chicago).

TE Logan Paulsen (SF) | UR

Paulsen has started 54 of 91 games with Washington (42/75) and Chicago (12/16). Although he went to the Bears with 79 career catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns, Paulsen had just three receptions for 15 yards with Chicago.

DE Cornelius Washington (DET) | UR

Washington made two starts and appeared in 31 games with the Bears, posting 3.0 sacks.


OLB Sam Acho | UR

T Mike Adams | UR

T Nick Becton | UR

QB Jay Cutler | No. 35

T Matt McCants | UR

WR Marquess Wilson | UR

Detroit Lions


DE Armonty Bryant | UR

Bryant recorded 3.0 sacks in just five games last season in Detroit. He started his career in Cleveland as a seventh-round pick and played in 31 games with the Browns, recording 8.5 sacks.

Add to Arrivals:

DT Jordan Hill (JAX) | UR

Hill played in 27 games for Seattle from 2013-15 and totaled 7.0 sacks but appeared in only four outings last season with the Jaguars.

LS Don Muhlbach | UR

Muhlbach is poised to return for a 14th season in Detroit. He’s played in 196 of a possible 208 games since 2004.

Arrivals (former team):

TE Darren Fells (AZ) | UR

Fells caught 40 passes for 536 yards and four touchdowns in 38 games (24 starts) with Arizona.

CB D.J. Hayden (OAK) | UR

The 12th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, Hayden started 25 of 45 games for Oakland, recording three interceptions and 26 passes defended.

DT Jordan Hill (JAX) | UR

Hill appeared in four games with the Jaguars in 2016 after playing in 27 for the Seahawks from 2013-15. He recorded a career-best 5.5 of his 7.0 sacks with Seattle in 2014.

G T.J. Lang (GB) | No. 14

After eight seasons, 94 starts and 119 games with the Packers, Lang is returning to his home state of Michigan and staying in the division.

DT Akeem Spence (TB) | UR

Spence started 30 of 56 games he played for the Buccaneers and totaled 5.5 sacks.

T Ricky Wagner (BAL) | No. 27

Wagner started 47 of the 62 games he’s played since his selection in the fifth round, including 45 of 46 in the past three seasons.

DE Cornelius Washington (CHI)

Washington is staying in the NFC North after appearing in 31 games with the Bears and posting 3.0 sacks.

LB Paul Worrilow (ATL) | UR

Worrilow started 43 of 59 games with the Falcons, but just one of the 12 he played in 2016. He has two career interceptions, 4.0 sacks and 10 passes defended.

Departures (new team):

DT Tyrunn Walker (LAR) | UR

Walker started a career high eight games in 2016, his second season in Detroit.

DT Stefan Charles (JAX)

Charles played 12 games for the Lions in 2016 after appearing in 37 with Buffalo from 2013-15.

T Riley Reiff (MIN) | No. 19

Reiff, the 23rd overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, started 69 of 77 games in five seasons with the Lions.

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WR Andre Roberts (ATL) | UR

Roberts caught 14 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown in his only season in Detroit. He also averaged 12.3 yards per punt return (246 yards on 20 returns) and scored two touchdowns. Roberts added 747 yards on 33 kickoff returns (22.6).

G Larry Warford (NO) | No. 21

Warford started all 57 games he played in four seasons with the Lions.


RB Joique Bell | UR

WR Anquan Boldin | UR

S Rafael Bush | UR

OLB Josh Bynes | UR

TE Clay Harbor | UR

CB Asa Jackson | UR

OLB DeAndre Levy | UR

TE Matthew Mulligan | UR

QB Dan Orlovsky | UR

DE Devin Taylor | No. 91

TE Timothy Wright | UR

Green Bay Packers


RB Christine Michael | No. 89

A late addition to the Packers last season, Michael rushed 31 times for 114 yards and a score in six games. He started the season in Seattle and had 469 yards and six touchdowns in nine games with the Seahawks.

LB Joe Thomas, Jr. | UR

Thomas has played in 30 games in two seasons, including seven starts in 2016. He has six pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a sack.

G Don Barclay | UR

Barclay has appeared in 62 games and started all 14 he played in 2013.

OLB Nick Perry | No. 15

Perry recorded 11 sacks in starting 12 of the 14 games he played in 2016. The 2012 first rounder has totaled 23.5 sacks in 60 games (28 starts).

Arrivals (former team):

DT Ricky Jean-Francois (WAS) | UR

Jean-Francois has started 36 of the 109 games he’s played for the 49ers, Colts and Redskins. He was a seventh-round selection in 2009 by San Francisco and has 12 career sacks.

TE Martellus Bennett (NE) | No. 16

Bennett is back in the NFC North after helping New England win Super Bowl LI. He had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. Bennett recorded 208 catches for 2,114 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons in Chicago (2013-15).

CB Davon House (JAX) | UR

House is returning to the team that picked him in 2011. He’s totaled 34 starts in 72 games, recording six interceptions, 50 passes defended and 2.0 sacks.

Departures (new team):

TE Jared Cook (OAK) | No. 34

Cook has totaled 303 catches for 3,880 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight seasons (four with Tennessee, three with St. Louis, one with Green Bay).

S Micah Hyde (BUF) | No. 25

Hyde started 33 of 63 games he played in four seasons, totaling eight interceptions, 25 passes defended and 4.0 sacks. He also has returned 76 punts a total of 738 yards with three scores and 34 kickoffs a total of 814 yards (23.9).

DE/OLB Datone Jones (GB) | No. 69

Selected 26th overall in 2013, Jones has played in 59 games (seven starts) and recorded 9.0 sacks.

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RB Eddie Lacy (SEA) | No. 32

Lacy rushed 788 times for 3,435 yards and 23 touchdowns in four seasons with the Packers (48 starts of 51 games). He also caught 101 passes for 900 yards and six scores. Lacy has three rushing touchdowns in his past 20 games.

G T.J. Lang (DET) | No. 14

Lang started 94 of the 119 games he played in eight seasons with the Packers.

DE/OLB Julius Peppers (CAR) | No. 47

Peppers is heading home where he spend his first eight seasons after four with Chicago and three more in Green Bay. He leads active players with 143.5 career sacks and has added 11 interceptions, 50 passes defended and six defensive touchdowns in 234 games (227 starts).

C J.C. Tretter (CLE) | No. 70

A fourth-round pick in 2013, Tretter has totaled 10 starts in 31 games played the past three seasons.


LB Jay Elliott | UR

LS Brett Goode | UR

CB Sam Shields | UR