The Bears are actively shopping defensive end Alex Brown, according to two sources contacted by the Sun-Times on Friday morning.
"What you're seeing now is fallout from the [Julius] Peppers deal," said one of the sources, who said the team is looking to shed salary after agreeing to pay Peppers $20 million guaranteed in 2010.
The source went on to say that it's unlikely that the Bears will receive any substantial offers for the nine-year veteran because the Bears will likely release him to avoid paying him the $5 million he's due to collect in each of the next two seasons. The fact that Brown is reportedly unhappy with that deal and wants a new one may be forcing the Bears hand, especially since coach Lovie Smith recently said he wants to turn tackle Israel Idonije into a full-time end. Smith and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli also believe Mark Anderson is a viable third option.
Anderson, who will be 27 next season, makes significantly less. He may be considered the better long-term solution because he's four years younger than Brown, who has registered 16 1/2 sacks as a starter the past three seasons, and cheaper. Anderson and Idonije, meanwhile, have combined for 15 1/2 sacks during that same span while playing more limited roles.