Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye finished the season on the injured reserve and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.
"At the end of the day I'd love to be here in Chicago. I love the city," said Ogunleye, 32. "The fans are the best in the country but I don't beg. I know the kind of player I am. I'm a great leader, great defensive end and I still have a couple years left in the tank and wherever I go I'm going to be an asset.
"Hopefully, it's here. I pray it's here. If not, that's the way the business goes. My gut tells me 50-50 either way. "
That estimation, though, is very generous -- unless he's willing to give the Bears a big discount.
Ogunleye made nearly $5 million this season, but his last standout season was in 2007, when he had nine sacks.
Ogunleye has 42 sacks in the six seasons since the Bears acquired him from the Miami Dolphins in a trade for receiver Marty Booker in 2004.
The Bears certainly got the better of the trade, since Booker only had modest success with the Dolphins.
Ogunleye was placed on injured reserve after a small fracture in his fibula suffered Dec. 20 in Baltimore.