Mike Mulligan checked in from the airport in Florida on his way from the owners meetings.
He got a couple interesting tidbits during breakfast with Lovie Smith Wednesday morning. Check right here for his full story.
A few highlights:
*** Smith projected that Mike Brown will be the starting free safety. Presumably, that means Danieal Manning is out of a job and Brandon McGowan and Kevin Payne will battle for the strong safety job.
*** Smith reiterated John Tait could be moved from left tackle to right tackle depending on what kind of personnel is added. He couldn’t name an offensive line, though, or a quarterback. And then there’s the situation at running back. Smith called the position deep in the draft.
*** As expected, Israel Idonije has been moved inside to defensive tackle.
*** Smith said he expects running back Cedric Benson to be ``motivated.’’ No word on what happened in terms of motivation in 2005-2007.
*** No player will ever be taken out of the role they’re best in, so Devin Hester will not disappear as a returner. That doesn’t mean he won’t be spelled at time to time by Manning or maybe Rashied Davis.
*** The quarterback job between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton will be decided in training camp. Bourbonnais, here we come.