Chicago defensive end Alex Brown seemed to confirm reports that he will soon be leaving the Bears via release or trade. As Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times notes, Brown sent a pretty clear message via Twitter on Tuesday evening. Here's what Brown (@AlexBrown96) wrote:
I am extremely grateful for my time as a Chicago Bear and I wish the Bears the best. I am glad that they gave me an opportunity to realize ... a dream I had [as] a child. I appreciate the fans but as we all know this is the nature of the business. Bear down!
Brown has essentially been displaced by newcomer Julius Peppers, who will spend at least part of his time at Brown's former position on the right side of the Bears' defensive line.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Bears rebuffed Brown's request for a contract extension in February, reports Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
The Bears should use Devin Hester at all three receiver positions, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Free-agent cornerback Tye Hill signed with Tennessee a day after visiting Minnesota. Here's the Associated Press report.
Green Bay president/CEO Mark Murphy, once a staunch union man as a player, is now working on the other side of the labor fence. ESPN.com's John Clayton explores that irony.
As Detroit considers taking a defensive tackle No. 2 overall in the draft, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli explores the risks in focusing on that position with such a high pick.