Mike Mulligan checked in this afternoon with some info for us.
The Bears are working to line up a visit with free-agent wide receiver Bryant Johnson. He could be at Halas Hall by early next week.
In other news, wide receiver Bernard Berrian is expected to go to the Oakland Raiders next. They made defensive tackle Tommy Kelly the highest-paid player at his position Thursday despite the fact that he is coming off a torn ACL.
NFL insiders speculate the reason Oakland has been throwing around such big money—the Raiders also re-signed running back Justin Fargas and are in the mix for right tackle Kwame Harris—is because players are so reluctant to visit, let alone sign with Al Davis' team.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus could be hoping to use the Raiders' situation to up the ante in Minnesota or here with Berrian. One veteran agent—not Rosenhaus—suggested the premium the Raiders have to pay is at least $1 million per year for middle of the road free agents.