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Michael Gaines could be paid by Bears to play against them in 2 weeks

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That didn't take long.

Ex-Bears tight end Michael Gaines, who was let go on Saturday to make room for defensive end Gaines Adams following the trade, has found new work. Gaines signed with the Cleveland Browns this morning.

Gaines takes the roster spot that was created when linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was moved to injured reserve.

Gaines can file for termination pay from the Bears in February. As a vested veteran who was on the roster for Week 1, his pay for the season is guaranteed. Gaines had a base salary of $650,000, and was paid for six weeks. That means the Bears could owe him $420,580 after the season if he files for the termination pay. Players can file for termination pay only once in their career. Because the Bears are on the hook for well more than half a season, it's expected Gaines will probably make that move.

What does that all mean? Well, when the Browns come to Soldier Field on Nov. 1, Gaines could wind up being paid by both teams for that game.

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I like this call like last week's(Adams)..

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