(ALLEN PARK) - Eight-time pro bowl guard Ruben Brown is expected to decide between signing with the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions sometime this week.
Chicago has offered Brown a three-year contract. It is unknown whether Detroit has matched Chicago's offer but they are believed to be at least in the neighborhood of that offer.
Brown, an 11 year NFL veteran was released by the Bills after becoming extremely critical of the coaching staff late in another disappointing season in Buffalo.
Sources say that Brown wanted out of Buffalo in the worst way and was willing to "act out" in order to get his release.
Brown was looking for one last big payday, but isn't expected to receive the type of signing bonus, $5 million that he hoped to garner.
At 6-3, 300-lbs and 32 years old, Detroit believes Brown can still perform at a high level for the next three or four years and that he would be a significant upgrade over Eric Beverly, who left to sign with the Atlanta Falcons.
Some worry about Brown's mental state. He reportedly suffered from bouts of depression last year that affected his play, but the Englewood, NJ native released a statement addressing those issues at the end of last season.
"I know there were questions surrounding the way the season ended last year," stated Brown. "I have chosen to keep those issues personal. Many of those issues have been resolved and my life has moved on from that point."
Buffalo would have had to absorb a $5.8 million cap hit to keep Brown on the roster and elected to release him.
Expect a decision this week.
Brown to decide between Lions, Bears
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