Bidding War For Berrian?

Chicago Bears WR Bernard Berrian could see a bidding war for his services between two or three teams or more starting on Friday.

Last year at this time, the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans were in a three-way battle to sign free agent WR Kevin Curtis. But the third team involved in the process, the Philadelphia Eagles, wound up signing the former St. Louis Ram.

The interesting facet of the battle was that Philadelphia wound up signing him for less than Minnesota offered Curtis.

Curtis chose Philadelphia over Minnesota, sources say, because he wanted the best chance to win.

This time around, leagues sources told there could be at least a two way battle for free agent Bernard Berrian. The Chicago Bears wide receiver is expected to be hotly pursued by two teams, the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. A third team, the San Francisco 49ers, are the wild card. They could choose to enter the fray as well and are in dire need of a speedy receiver.

But sources say the first two teams that were involved in the Curtis negotiations last year will go after Berrian hard. In fact, we could see a bidding war between Tennessee and Minnesota and both teams have ample salary cap space to make such a move.

Both teams are badly in need of receiver help and neither team was able to secure a top flight receiver last year.

As first noted last week in the NFL Insider Free Agent Blog, Minnesota has Berrian as their top free agent to sign. And as also first noted last week, the Oakland Raiders Jerry Porter is another receiver who has their interest. So Minnesota has a plan should they miss on securing Berrian or if they decide his price is too high. Sources also say that the team was interested in signing Houston Texans WR Andre' Davis who wound up re-signing with the team on Thursday. Minnesota planned on using Davis as their primary kickoff returner in addition to using him in their receiver rotation.

Minnesota also is expected to pursue Cincinnati Bengals FS Madieu Williams as also first noted by last week.

As for Tennessee, despite re-signing WR Justin Gage, they have their attention on Berrian.

In offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger's scheme, he features a deep passing game and Berrian is known for stretching the field vertically. Berrian is the kind of down-the-field receiver that Tennessee covets. If Tennessee is unsuccessful in signing Berrian or they deem his price too high, Arizona Cardinals WR Bryant Johnson could enter the mix. He runs well for a receiver of his size.


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