Around the NFC North: Avril trusting Lions


Around the NFC North: Avril trusting Lions

Not all franchise-tag situations have quite the harsh adversarial undercurrent that Matt Fortes does with the Bears. Cliff Avril, tagged by the Detroit Lions in part to ward off a possible run by the Bears, is still at loggerheads with the team over a long-term deal (sound familiar) but is impressed by what else his team is doing.

The Lions were expected to address a woeful cornerback situation with a first- or second-round pick in last months draft but didnt until they took ones in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. Not a problem for Avril.

Avril told Carlos Monarrez at the Detroit Free Press that he trusted GM Martin Mayhew to bring in the right guys and they definitely have a plan.

Forte thought the Bears did for him going back as far as last training camp. Not sure he would say the same now or perhaps he would, like Avril, but with reservations about what the plan is for himself.

The Minnesota Vikings seem to have a thing for ex-Bears.

Wide receivers Bernard Berrian, Marcus Robinson and Bobby Wade all made their ways north after Chicago. Last week the Vikings signed pass rusher Nick Reed, who was with the Bears into November last year.

And after drafting USC tackle Matt Kalil with the No. 3 pick last month, the Vikings snapped up tackle Levi Horn, released earlier last week, as potential depth behind Kalil and right tackle Phil Loadholt.

Horn spent most of the last two seasons on the practice squad before moving onto the regular roster late last season, but he did not play in a game.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Looking ahead to the Cubs in the World Series


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Looking ahead to the Cubs in the World Series

“Carmen and Jurko” from ESPN 1000 and Justin Roman from US 99’s “Stylz and Roman” join David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel.

They reflect on a surreal Saturday night as the Cubs’ clinched their first pennant in 71 years. Plus ESPN 1000’s Jesse Rogers and Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi join Kap from Cleveland to preview Game 1 of the World Series.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below:

Road Ahead: Kyle Schwarber's potential World Series impact

Road Ahead: Kyle Schwarber's potential World Series impact

CLEVELAND — Kyle Schwarber is expected to be in the Cubs' lineup for Game 1 of the World Series, representing a wild, improbable comeback.

Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL during the first week of the regular season in a collision with Dexter Fowler in center field.

Now, more than six months later, he's back and deemed ready to go after appearing in Arizona Fall League action the last three days.

[SHOP: Buy a "Try Not to Suck" shirt with proceeds benefiting Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation & other Cubs Charities]'s Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki break down Schwarber's potential impact in the Honda Road Ahead and why everybody is so drawn to the "Fast Hulk."

As Mooney says, the Cubs even had front office members running up to their suite during the pennant celebration Saturday night at Wrigley Field to watch Schwarber's at-bats down in Arizona. 

But with Schwarber back, that presents another ripple on the Andrew Miller storyline as the Indians' superstar reliever already posed a major threat to the Cubs before adding another left-handed bat into the fold that hasn't seen live pitching since early April.

Check out more in the Honda Road Ahead above, brought to you by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.