But is that the truth? Our Bears sources say that's not the case. They say Chicago would still trade Matthews, for the right price.
However, Spurrier will have to wait. And wait. Maybe then a deal will get done. After all, there's no rush for Chicago to complete the deal, especially given Spurrier's antsiness to get one done. And the Bears actually like Matthews, who comes cheap for a veteran at $900,000.
Spurrier had hoped to trade for Matthews by this weekend. But he's made his plans too well-known. Call it a rookie mistake.
The longer it goes on, the more Chicago might be able to squeeze out of Washington. At least that's the theory. This is a trade that often is completed around draft day.
Also, the Bears have other priorities, such as resigning center Olin Kreutz.
But all of this is just something else to get used to for Spurrier.
. . . Free agent defensive end Kenny Mixon might visit ''in the next couple of days'' one of his representatives said. . . . The Redskins signed quarterback Dameyune Craig, who threw eight passes in four years for Carolina. Spurrier likes his mobility and smarts. John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.