On the Outside Looking In

The moves continue around the league, but the Bears remain silent. While another receiver moved off the market on Tuesday, two controversial veteran wideouts became available.

WR David Givens signed a five-year deal worth $24 million with an $8 million signing bonus. The Bears never made a serious move after Givens, who has 115 receptions for 1,612 yards and 5 touchdowns over the past two seasons in New England.

WR Terrell Owens' two-year stint with the Eagles officially ended with his contract being terminated Tuesday. There was no press conference, just a simple one-line statement from the team that read: "The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have terminated the contract of WR Terrell Owens."

It appears the Cowboys are the early frontrunners for Owens. As a precursor, Dallas released Keyshawn Johnson. The move was somewhat surprising because it didn't save the team much money against the salary cap. Johnson was due a $1 million bonus this month, but was scheduled to make just $1.5 million next season. But he's a possession receiver who is also 34, and lacks the downfield playmaking ability of Owens.

Despite more than $20 million in cap space, the Bears are highly unlikely to pursue either Owens or Johnson. Both bring too much baggage along with productive careers.

In a move that could have an impact in the NFC North, the Vikings unloaded QB Daunte Culpepper to Miami in exchange for a second-round draft pick. The Dolphins will officially announce the deal once Culpepper, who is coming off major knee surgery, passes a physical.

With Culpepper head to Miami, QB Drew Brees signed with New Orleans. The contract is for six-years and worth $60 million, including a $10 million signing bonus and a $12 million option for 2007.

DE Kalimba Edwards re-signed with Detroit to a five-year deal. The Bears had some interest in adding him as a situational pass rusher.

The Bears could be in a good position to add a quarterback. Gus Frerrote was released Tuesday after the Dolphins acquired Culpepper. Brian Griese is also a possibility after he was released by Tampa Bay last week.

Josh McCown is the most intriguing free agent quarterback still available. At 26 he still has room to improve and brings athleticism to the position. He talked with the Lions and Saints, but each team went in another direction. Detroit signed Jon Kitna while New Orleans added Brees.

The Raiders visited with McCown on Tuesday. The Jets are interested in making a trade with the Washington Redskins for Patrick Ramsey, but if that doesn't workout McCown could also be on their radar.

The question is what area will the Bears eventually address in order to improve the team.

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