Is Moulds Worth a Look?

The Bears have helped their offense by adding veteran quarterback Brian Griese, but there is still cap space to make more moves.

"A lot of areas," Coach Lovie Smith said when asked what the team could still improve on after signing Griese. "I think we've strengthened our quarterback position as well as we can. Everything else we're open to. We're trying to improve it.

"There are other areas on the offensive side of the ball that we'll have a chance to address more in free agency and then of course we have the draft coming up."

With a plethora of young receivers already on the roster, the Bears are in need of veteran help opposite Muhsin Muhammad. After missing out on free agent target WR Antwaan Randle El, the team has been hesitant to pursue other options on the open market.

The Buffalo Bills have given WR Eric Moulds permission to seek a trade. The disgruntled receiver has two years left on his contract, but rather than take a pay cut he asked to be released.

No matter what the three-time Pro Bowler believes other teams will pay, Moulds' cap figure of $10.8 million in 2006 is far too high. The same can be said for his base salary of $7.1 million.

Although Moulds has far better numbers than Randle El, he doesn't bring the speed the offense lacks and will turn 33 before the start of next season.

The ten-year veteran is still smart enough to know how to get open. Moulds paced the Bills with 81 catches for 816 yards and four scores last year. He has 675 career receptions for 9,096 yards and 48 touchdowns.

While Moulds has caught at least 60 balls the past eight years, his average per catch has declined in every one of those seasons. He's coming off a season in which he had just five receptions of 20 yards or more after going seven straight campaigns with a double-digit output in the category.

At six-foot-2, 210-pounds he was never a burner, but the drop in average yards per catch could be a sign he's lost a step he didn't have to spare.

The Denver Broncos have shown the most interest in Moulds, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots.

During the 2005 regular season, Moulds questioned play calling during a Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins and was suspended the next week against the New England Patriots.

The Bills are going to have a tough time getting much in terms of compensation because teams know Moulds isn't going to be in Buffalo next season. If the Bears consider making a serious play for his services, it would be best to wait it out until he's released.


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