Speculation that the Bears are looking to move DE Alex Brown continues to ramp up. The latest rumor comes from Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Pompei.
Pompei said Saturday that, according to a source, the Bears could consider trading Brown to the Seahawks for guard Rob Sims. Pompei also noted that Brown is unlikely to attend Chicago’s offseason conditioning program that begins Monday.
Brown, 30, is entering his ninth NFL season, and he has been a very productive player through his first eight years — all of which have come as a Bear. He has missed only one game in his entire career and has 43.5 sacks.
Sims, meanwhile, rebounded from a chest injury that ended his 2008 campaign after only one game by starting 14 contests for Seattle last season. He is entering his fifth season and has great size at 6-foot-3, 312 pounds.
A trade would make sense for both teams. The Seahawks lost DE Cory Redding to the Ravens in free agency, traded DE Darryl Tapp to the Eagles for DE Chris Clemons and a fourth-round draft pick, and veteran DE Patrick Kerney is entering his 12th season. Brown would supply some necessary depth. The Bears, on the other hand, struggled along the offensive line last season and could use some help at guard, which Sims would provide.
Update: The Chicago Sun-Times cited two sources close to the situation in reporting that the Seahawks aren’t interested in trading for Brown because he’s due to make $5 million in 2010.