Wednesday Notes

The Bears made a contract offer to Ruben Brown last week. The eight-time Pro Bowl guard could give his reply as soon as today.

The addition of Brown would give the offensive line another new starter and more depth. Brown would instantly replace the departed Chris Villarrial, who replaced him in Buffalo. With Brown pencilled in at right guard Mike Gandy would then compete with Qasim Mitchell for the right to protect Rex Grossman's blindside.

Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye made an appearance at the owners meetings with the idea of making himself visible to other teams. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has thrown around the idea of a trade for his client, who doesn't want the Dolphins' one-year tender as a restricted free agent. It's unlikely any team will sign Ogunleye to an offer sheet before the deadline of April 17 unless Miami lowers their demand of first- and third-round picks as compensation.

However Rosenhaus thinks maybe the Dolphins can work something out with another team after re-signing Ogunleye themselves. Jerry Angelo is still contemplating the possibility of going after Ogunleye because Lovie Smith needs three defensive ends in his high paced defense.

The addition of Ogunleye to go with Alex Brown and Michael Haynes would give the Bears one of the best young defensive end trios in the game.

Other happenings coming out of the meetings include replay will remain a part of NFL officiating for at least five more years.

The NFL's competition committee had recommended making it a permanent fixture.

However, owners still weren't ready to embrace replay so strongly. Instead, by a vote of 29-3, they approved putting it in place for five seasons, with coaches receiving a third replay challenge if they are correct on each of their first two challenges.

Replay came up for a vote after being put in place on a three-year basis that expired after the 2003 season. Before that, it was voted in on a year-to-year basis.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN With the NFL Europe season kicking off this weekend fans looking for a dose of football in spring can find what they need. The Bears allocated seven players to the league: P Brooks Barnard, WR Aaron Boone, WR Andre Forde, DE Israel Idonije, LB Marcus Reese, LB Jerry Schumacher and DE Cliff Wasburn.

NFL Network's primetime coverage of NFL Europe begins this Saturday, April 3 at 8:00 PM ET when the Amsterdam Admirals travel to Germany to face the Frankfurt Galaxy in the season opener. On Sunday at 8:00 PM ET, the Cologne Centurions take on the Rhein Fire. NFL Europe on NFL Network continues through the final week of the regular season on June 6.

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