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Bears' Brown just exploring trade possibilities

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears expect to see starting
defensive end Alex Brown at their minicamp this weekend even though
Brown says he's seeking a trade.

Brown told Sirius NFL Radio on Wednesday that he asked the Bears for permission to work out a trade. But coach Lovie Smith plans to
have Brown at the three-day minicamp beginning Friday.


"I just know we have a minicamp coming up this weekend and Alex has been working awful hard with our program," Smith said. "We'll
see him there this weekend working out with us. So that's about all
I can tell you right now."


Brown admitted he's comfortable with the Bears, but is eager to
explore other opportunities. Still, he has three years remaining on
his contract.


"We're just trying to see what's out there," Brown said.
"That's what we're trying to do. It's not the Bears. They don't
want to get rid of me. It's just that I want to see what else is
out there.


"If it was up to me I'd get a new contract here and play the
rest of my career here. I totally understand some of the things the
Bears are saying. We're handling this in a real low-key fashion and
that's the way we want to keep it."


Brown had seven sacks last season in a very effective line
rotation that helped Chicago reach the Super Bowl, where it lost to
Indianapolis.


A fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2002, Brown signed a
contract extension in 2004. He said when he broached the subject of
a trade, the Bears told him, "No way. We love you. We don't want
to get rid of you."


Added Brown: "It took a while to even get them to talk about
it."