Following are whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC North:
• More than one Vikings official disagreed with then-head coach Brad Childress' decision to move Joe Webb back to quarterback after the club had drafted him as a project at receiver. Childress was intrigued by Webb's throwing, but other folks at Winter Park envisioned him for the role he's in now: a multidimensional player who can impact the offense in a few ways and on special teams. If Leslie Frazier remains head coach, expect Webb to spend the offseason continuing to learn how to run routes and catch passes.
• The Lions are not concerned at all that DT Ndamukong Suh appears to be getting a bit of a reputation with officials as a dirty player. He has earned four personal-foul calls this season and has been fined for his Week 13 push-down of Bears QB Jay Cutler, as well as for a hit to Browns QB Jake Delhomme in the preseason. The Lions want Suh to harness his aggressiveness and in no way want to temper his enthusiasm or approach to the game.
• While neither undrafted rookie C-OG Nick McDonald nor recently acquired CB Josh Gordy figures to make much of a contribution to the Packers this season, we hear the team is pretty high on both players and envision them making their presence felt as soon as next season.
• The Bears claimed second-year veteran Herman Johnson off the Cardinals' practice squad heading into Week 14, and he'll move from guard to become a developmental prospect at right tackle for Chicago. Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice coached Johnson at the Senior Bowl in 2009, and an interesting battle could brew between Johnson and rookie J'Marcus Webb, Chicago's current starter at right tackle, in next year's training camp. "I'm excited to get another chance," Johnson told PFW. "I'm trying to get on the field as soon as I can."