INDIANAPOLIS--Two of the biggest names that could have reached the free market have been crossed off the list.
As expected, Carolina reached terms on a contract with left tackle Jordan Gross. He'll get $30.5 million over the first three years of a six-year contract.
Let's interrupt for a second to ask the question: What recession? Nnamdi Asomugha will receive $45.3 million in a three-year contract. Oakland made the move preventing the All-Pro cornerback from having to be paid. Speaking of pay, Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden landed a $43 million, five-year contract with $22 million guaranteed.
So, what could have been a stout free-agent class now looks pretty weak after you get past defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Free agency opens Feb. 27 and there might not be much in the way of fireworks when it begins. Peppers has reportedly listed four teams he's willing to work out a contract with for a trade and the Bears are not one of them. The Panthers have placed the franchise tag on him.
*** Here's a report that Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin is willing to consider a contract reworking to remain with the Cardinals. He has two years left on his contract.
*** Oklahoma offensive tackle Phil Loadholt said he had an informal meeting with Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand Wednesday night.
*** Ex-Bears linebackers coach Lloyd Lee is here seeking a job. Lee had interviews with Detroit and Tampa Bay but didn't land in those places.
We'll check in with more later.