According to Adam Schefter of the NFL Network, the Seahawks are one of three teams interested in a possible trade for Chicago defensive end Alex Brown. The Chiefs and Titans are also considering a trade, and the Bears reportedly want a second-round pick in return. Seattle gave away a first-rounder for Deion Branch last season, so could they be looking to swing another big deal?
Brown has said from day one that he is not coming back to the Bears, and the team has basically had him on the market for the last two months. They are shopping him because Mark Anderson (12 Sacks – SPEED DE) took over the Starting Role and they used a 2nd Round Pick on Dan Bauzin (CMU).
Yes, Alex Brown has asked for and received permission to seek a trade. But it’s not a situation where he’s demanding a new deal or threatening to sit out. He still has three years remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2004 and apparently just wants to see if there’s another team out there that’s willing to give him a new deal. I suspect that he probably is also concerned about losing some playing time after Mark Anderson’s breakout rookie season last year.
Here’s what Brown said during a recent radio interview: “We’re just trying to see what’s out there. That’s what we’re trying to do. It’s not the Bears. They don’t want to get rid of me. It’s just that I want to see what else is out there. I think I’m a very good guy. It’s just sometimes you kind of want to test to see if there’s something else out there for you.
“I just want to let everybody know there’s nothing wrong with me. I really, really enjoy where I’m at. I love the city of Chicago. I love the team. It’s just that opportunities come up and if I’m able to get an opportunity somewhere else that would be fine. I definitely love playing here and if I’m playing here next year I’ll give it everything I’ve got just like I always do.
“If nothing happens and I’m on the same contract that I’m on I’m going to play football because that’s what I love doing. I love playing football and I just can’t see myself sitting down or sitting out or something like that because of a contract. No way. I’m going to play. That’s what I do. I’m going to go play. I love football. I wouldn’t want to give it up. I’m 27. I feel great. I’m anticipating having my best year of my career. No way I’d sit out. Not me.”