Roundup: Bears trying to deal DE Brown

At the NFL Annual Meeting earlier this week, Bears coach Lovie Smith announced that Israel Idonije would be moving to defensive end. So where does that leave fellow defensive end Alex Brown? One source told the Chicago Tribune that the Bears want to deal the nine-year veteran, and if they can’t find a trading partner, the team will likely release him.

Brown is the probably the odd man out in Chicago after the Bears signed DE Julius Peppers and coaches raved publicly about the development of Mark Anderson.

Brown, 30, has 29.5 sacks over the last five seasons and is slated to make $5 million this season.

Other news making its way around the Web on Friday:

  • Seven months after rupturing his Achilles tendon during his first training camp, Giants running back Andre Brown is back running at full speed, but he is still looking to recover his confidence.
    • Even though his team is not in the market for a quarterback, Packers coach Mike McCarthy would like an opportunity to develop former Florida QB Tim Tebow, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
    • The Baltimore Sun reports that Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle probably will not be physically ready to play in 2010. Said coach John Harbaugh, “I would say I’m under the assumption that with Samari, his health is the No. 1 concern.”
    • Bears coach Lovie Smith says the roles of Devin Hester and Greg Olsen will not be diminished in offensive coordinator Mike Martz‘s new offensive scheme, reports the Chicago Tribune.
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