Washington matched the offer, but wanted to trade Johnson before an $800,000 roster bonus kicks in this week. There are also $600,000 in incentives that Johnson is unlikely to meet included in the deal.
The Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills have also shown interest in Johnson. While the draft pick has not been disclosed, it appears that the Bears will surrender a second-day draft choice, most likely a sixth-round selection.
The 26-year-old Johnson would likely supplant Stanley Pritchett as the starting fullback. While Johnson is not much of a threat to run the ball with three carries in four seasons, he has 33 receptions for 314 yards and is a solid lead blocker. He played linebacker at Boise State and signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2000.
Jerry Angelo has reportedly offered Ruben Brown a three-year contract. Buffalo waived the eight-time Pro Bowl guard and replaced him with former Bear Chris Villarrial because he would have counted $5.8 million on this year's salary cap. If the Bears land Brown that would leave Mike Gandy to compete with Qasim Mitchell at left tackle.
The Bears were about $3.7 million under the salary cap before trading for Johnson. There is no guarantee that Brown will sign with Chicago as there are multiple teams still pursuing the veteran.
Angelo is also contemplating a trade with Miami for DE Adewale Ogunleye. He will meet with Dolphins GM Rick Spielman in Palm Beach, Fla during the owners meetings this week.
The Dolphins have stood their ground thus far in asking for a first and third-round draft choice to pry the restricted free agent away. Miami offered Ogunleye the highest tender of $1.824 million for one-year, which he has said he will not play for and has refused to sign a waiver to participate in the team's off-season workout program. The relationship with Miami and Ogunleye is becoming increasingly strained and could lead to Spielman lowering the Dolphins demands.
However Dave Wannstedt is feeling the pressure to win now and trading the AFC's reining sack leader for a draft choice he may never see develop does not seem like a logical decision.
Have a nice trip
The Bears cleared Brian Urlacher to go on his Florida vacation after the middle linebacker hyperextended his left knee during Saturday's afternoon practice.