Scanning the Savanna

Nathan of Phoenix writes: Interested to hear your thoughts on Clinton Portis and the Detroit Lions being a match. I think he would serve tremendously as a mentor and as a complementary/short yardage back to Jahvid Best. But perhaps more than anything, he would be an enormous upgrade in blitz-pickup and pass protection. Additionally, isn’t he known for being a wonderful “team guy?”

One big key for the Bears, along with Detroit and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay, is that they do not have a new head coach or coordinator that would require players to learn a new system.

Mayhew said at the NFL combine Bobby Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer will contend for starting spots next season. Carpenter signed in October as a free agent and started two games at the end of the year. Palmer played mostly on special teams after being claimed off waivers from the Bills.

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