Brad Briggs at the Tribune reported this morning that the Bears are shopping defensive end Alex Brown. If the Bears can’t find a sucker to take on his contract – he’s due $5 million this year and next – they will release him, leaving him free to sign with any team he chooses.
In addition to his large salary, the justification is that with Julius Peppers, Mark Anderson and Israel Idonije there aren’t enough snaps to be had for four DEs.
While I’ve stood by Jerry Angelo for some of his moves (okay, maybe ‘a very select few’ is more appropriate) this one seems down right idiotic. If any of the current DEs should be traded or flat out released, it should be Anderson. But the Bears slapped a 2nd round tender on him and it’s doubtful any team would give up a #2 pick for a dude who’s 3-year sack total is in the single digits (9.5). You’d think the Bears have learned their lesson in trying to get by without Brown — remember the glorious 2007 season when he was ‘benched’ in favor of Anderson? (Neither do I.)
First the Bears showed money didn’t matter by acquiring Peppers. Now they’re going to cry “it’s a numbers game” because they don’t want to shell out a few million for a proven performer, locker room leader and by all accounts classy guy? I was excited about the prospects for Brown after the Peppers signing. With JP attracting a lot of attention on one side and Tommie Harris (hopefully) regaining his old form in the middle, Brown was poised for a big year. But it looks like we’ll never get the chance to see opposing QBs as the meat in a Brown-Peppers sandwich.
This one just doesn’t make sense to me. But if it goes down, I’m sure a lot of Bears fans will continue to follow Brown closely. If I were him, I’d look at signing with the Lions or Vikings so I could get 2 shots at harassing Jay Cutler…and Bears management.