Idonije Inks Offer Sheet

While the Bears have a free agent decision on their hands, it's not about going after a player but rather a restricted free agent of their own. DL Israel Idonije signed an offer sheet with the Buffalo Bills.

The Bears have seven days to decide whether or not to match the four-year deal believed to be worth $8.2 million, including $1.8 million bonus.

The Bills made the aggressive push for Idonije, who appeared in just 11 games with the Bears in 2005, because new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell sees upside in his game.

At six-foot-7, 275-pounds Idonije is an end that can also move inside to play tackle. He also contributes on special teams.

The Bears are already looking for help off the edge, so with cap room to spare it would appear the Bears are likely to match the deal. If general manager Jerry Angelo declines, the team will receive no draft pick compensation because Idonije was tendered at the lowest level ($712,00) for a restricted free agent.

My Kind of Town
After leaving Cincinnati without a contract, QB Brian Griese is scheduled to meet with the Bears today.

The Bengals are looking for a capable starter at an affordable price in order to buy time until Caron Palmer can return from knee surgery.

The Bears view Griese as a backup to Rex Grossman, but with 72 career starts he's obviously able to fill in if need be. Oakland and Minnesota are also said to have interest in the eight-year veteran.

Grossman has only started seven games in his first three years in the league. The Bears are hoping for a different outcome in 2006 because for the first time in six years, Grossman isn't spending his off-season learning a new offense and for the first time in his pro career, the fourth-year player isn't rehabbing an injury.

"I'm excited about going into a season with the same offensive coordinator and being able to develop our offense," Grossman said. "I'm excited to come back and be healthy and work on all the things I need to work on and on going into next year with one of the best offensive lines in the league and a deep offensive line."

After a few weeks away from football and some vacation time, Grossman is back into football mode.

"I want to understand some things I did wrong last year and make sure I don't make those same mistakes," said.


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