While the Bears held their mandatory veteran minicamp just as soon as possible, most teams have just gotten into the swing of things.
Arizona, Carolina, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington all held mandatory full-team minicamps over the weekend.
Meanwhile, veteran safety Mike Brown remains without a team. It's not by choice at this point. Multiple league sources said Brown plans to continue his playing career and one source said he wants to prove that he's still able to perform at the top of his game. The problem he faces right now is the later it gets, and the more teams that go through minicamps and proceed into their offseason programs, the more difficult it is going to be to find work. Teams want to get players up to speed on their schemes and playbook in the spring so they can hit the field running in training camp.
Some thought Brown would land a job quickly after the draft after teams assessed what was on their roster and where they needed to fill holes with a secondary venture into the free-agent market. That has not happened. Whether or not teams have expressed interest in Brown, we don't know, but he could surely be had for the league minimum at this point. Few players signed in May are going to get much different.
Brown, 31, started 15 games for the Bears last season and made 101 tackles, the third-highest total of his career. There are obvious concerns about his durability as he has missed 44 regular-season games over the last five seasons and finished on injured reserve in four of those years. Because the injuries have all been below the waist, there is also concern about Brown's range. But he was never a fast guy to begin with and excelled on intelligence and instinct as much as anything else.
He's not going to fit into the plans for the Bears, who handed out No. 30 on Friday to cornerback D.J. Moore, a fourth-round pick.
"I guess he just passed it down to another great player,'' Moore said.
The Bears feel good about their standing at safety even if coach Lovie Smith said both positions are open.
"We're trying to get as many athletes as we can and give ourselves as many options as possible,'' Smith said of the choices at safety. "We're going to be fine."
Brown has experience with Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache. The Chargers used a sixth-round pick on USC safety Kevin Ellison and the Redskins, who often go the veteran route, went through minicamp without signing Brown. Stay tuned on Brown. More on the Bears' situation at safety in a short while.