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Curious Bears DE Alex Brown seeking trade

NFL.com wire reports

CHICAGO (May 16, 2007) -- The Chicago Bears expect to see starting defensive end Alex Brown at their minicamp this weekend even though Brown says he's seeking a trade.

Brown told Sirius NFL Radio he asked the Bears for permission to work out a trade. But coach Lovie Smith plans to have Brown at the three-day minicamp beginning May 18.

"I just know we have a minicamp coming up this weekend and Alex has been working awful hard with our program," Smith said. "We'll see him there this weekend working out with us. So that's about all I can tell you right now."

Brown admitted he's comfortable with the Bears, but is eager to explore other opportunities. Still, he has three years remaining on his contract.

"We're just trying to see what's out there," Brown said. "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.

"If it was up to me, I'd get a new contract here and play the rest of my career here. I totally understand some of the things the Bears are saying. We're handling this in a real low-key fashion and that's the way we want to keep it."

Brown had seven sacks last season in a very effective line rotation that helped Chicago reach the Super Bowl, where it lost to Indianapolis.

A fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2002, Brown signed a contract extension in 2004. He said when he broached the subject of a trade, the Bears told him, "No way. We love you. We don't want to get rid of you."

Added Brown: "It took a while to even get them to talk about it."


The Associated Press News Service

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"I don't want to risk getting nothing in case I get injured, so I'll take the guaranteed money please. If I'm a bust after getting it, I won't give the the money back. But if I'm not a bust after getting it, I'd like a lot more. Essentially, I'd like to have no risks and all rewards."

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He got guaranteed millions up front before one practice under his new contract.

The signing bonus also needs to be regulated as far as them playing a percentage of their contract, then they give the other part back. Now, the most a team can get back is about 500,000 I believe. I read it somewhere, but I can't back it up. If contracts were gaurented and bonus monies were able to be taken back you wouldn't see so many players holding out. If they did they wouldn't get their money. You would also see teams like the redskins not dolling out so many huge bonus and contracts. Teams would really have to consider who they were taking on. A lot less player movement would insue and guys would stay on the same team for more then just one contract. At least that's what I think would happen.

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Someone needs to make these Bears players realize that for the last ten years the NFC Super Bowl team is actually about the 7th best team in the league and they, perhaps, should not be so quick to take credit for reaching that milestone...

I agree. The Bears players have very high opionions of themselves. They play in the NFC North which is far and away the worst division in football.

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