We know what the ground floor is for Bernard Berrian.
We also know he’s looking for something located closer to the penthouse.
The contract offer the Bears made to the wide receiver that he turned down included $8 million to sign and totaled $25 million over five years.
General manager Jerry Angelo said last week that the team’s offers were not take-it or leave-it final proposals, but he also characterized them as ``aggressive.’’ So how much room the Bears have to come off that figure is a question that will begin to be answered tonight when free agency opens at 11.
The Minnesota Vikings are believed to be the team most interested in Berrian’s services. Cleveland, the New York Jets, Oakland, San Francisco and potentially Dallas could be involved. Berrian is seeking $24.5 million over the first three years of a contract, so you can see the distance between him and the Bears as the shopping season is about to open.