We've been hearing the following whispers from around the NFC North recently:
• We hear the Packers are holding out hope that DRE Cullen Jenkins, who has been sidelined recently with a calf injury, will be good to go in the regular-season finale against the Bears. We also hear that the injury has decreased the possibility of the Packers re-signing Jenkins any time soon.
• Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz isn't at the top of the list of assistant coaches on the rise, but, after being asked about the subject, he said this week that he was interested in being a head coach again. Martz also said that he's happy with the job he has now and called the Bears' staff the best one he's ever been on. He's not expected to work his way back into the head-coaching ranks after just one season in Chicago.
• The Vikings could bring QB Rhett Bomar back next season as someone to throw into the mix. Brett Favre won't be back, Tarvaris Jackson is a free agent, and Joe Webb could be moved back to receiver, the position he was drafted to play. Bomar, who had been toiling on the Giants' practice squad until the Vikings signed him, once was a top prospect at Oklahoma before transferring and was a fifth-round draft pick, so he might have some ability worth investigating in the offseason.