We’ve had a lot of movement in the NFC North this off season. Strangely enough, it seems a number of players have shifted between teams in the North. This is about to be strange, so see if you can keep up.

Chicago Bears: The Bears have been busy rebuilding their D-line this off season with cuts, releases and new acquisitions. The biggest move was to cut former pro bowler DE Julius Peppers and watch him move north to Green Bay. Next they let DT Henry Melton walk unsigned. However, the Bears have signed Defensive ends Lamarr Houston from the Raiders, Jared Allen from the Vikings, and Willie Young from Detroit to reload the line. The Bears have also cut offensive weapons RB Michael Bush WR Ear Bennett after lackluster seasons.

Detroit Lions: The Lions seem to have let go of more talented assets than they have brought in. Defensive End Willie Young signed with the Bears and back up QB Shaun Hill has left to back up Sam Bradford in St. Louis. The Lions also cut WR Nate Burleson and S Louis Delmas early in free agency to create some cap space in order to sign TE Brandon Pettigrew to a long term contract and to try and negotiate an extension with Ndamukong Suh. The Lions signed unrestricted free agents S James Ihedigbo from the Ravens, DE Darry Tapp from the Redskins, FB Jed Collins from the Saints, DT Corvey Irvin from the Cowboys and Vaughn Matin from the Dolphins. It seems the Lions have been slow to resign unrestricted free agents in various positions at this point in free agency while they are hoping for Suh to hire a new agent and negotiate his contract into a longer term deal with a more favorable impact on the salary cap.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers are slow in signing offensive weapons and may be looking to rebuild that side of the team. They haven’t signed either QBs Matt Flynn and Seneca Wallace or FB John Kuhn and they allowed WR James Jones sign with the Raiders. C Evan Dietrich-Smith has signed with the Bucs and OT Marshall Newhouse has left for Cincinnati while they cut G Greg Van Roten. At this point in free agency, it looks like one of the only things the Packers have set is the D-line where they’ve resigned Mike Neal, B.J. Raji and brought in Julius Peppers from Chicago.

Minnesota Vikings: When you start by letting fan favorite Jared Allen walk, all signs point to this being a strange off season for the Vikings. After going 5-10-1 in 2013, the Vikings are in need of a change. What that will be? I don’t know, but it started by hiring Mike Zimmer as the head coach. Vikings let CB Chris Cook leave for San Fran, but signed Captain Munnerlyn from the Panthers to take his place. To replace Jared Allen, the Vikings signed DE Corey Wootton from the Bears. They cut DT Letroy Guion and signed Linval Joseph from the Giants. The best move the Vikings made might be resigning Matt Cassel as a probable back up behind Christian Ponder. What kind of team the Vikings will be next year is up in the air, but this first time head coach Mike Zimmer at the helm, we should see another stout defense in the NFC North.