Special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo said via text message that he will choose Thursday between contract offers from the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.
He visited the New York Jets starting Monday and went to Baltimore Tuesday to meet with the Ravens. Both teams have offered four-year contracts, believed to be worth about $1.5 million annually.
Ayanbadejo said he will present his final offer to the Bears to see if they are interested in matching it. The Bears announced on their Web site Monday that they were no longer pursuing him. Their last contract offer was for $800,000 less than he is currently looking at. The deals proposed by New York and Baltimore are similar.
Both the Jets and Ravens use the same special teams system that was implemented in Philadelphia by Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh. The Jets special teams coach is Kevin O'Dea, who was an assistant for the Bears the past two seasons.