Why the rush to cut ties with safety Mike Brown?
Sure he's been hurt in each of the past five seasons, but he started 15 games last season, and when Brown was healthy he was still one of the two best all-around safeties on the roster. He was also the smartest player on the defense, a team leader and one of the most respected players in the locker room.
But still the Bears have told Brown they have no intention of making him any kind of offer before free agency begins on Feb. 27. But, if they're smart, they'll keep an eye on Brown after he hits the open market and, if no other team shows interest, they'll bring him back at a bargain price.
Brown just turned 31 last week, and while he may have lost a step, the Bears aren't exactly loaded at safety after Kevin Payne, a 16-game starter last season who is a factor in the box but not nearly as effective in coverage. Danieal Manning played himself out of a starting safety spot, and Craig Steltz performed well on special teams as a rookie but hasn't proven that he deserves to be an NFL starter.
What can Brown do for you?
Well, if you're the Bears, he can show everyone in the secondary not only where they need to line up on every play, but how they need to play the game like a true professional, which is what he'd done for the past nine seasons.