Agent Expects Berrian to be Available

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Bernard Berrian and many other high-profile players, said he expects the Chicago wide receiver to make it to free agency. See what else Rosenhaus had to say about Berrian, Mike Doss and other clients.

Wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who is expected to be the Vikings' top free-agent target at wide receiver, according to's Adam Caplan, should be available.

Berrian's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he expects Berrian to reach the free-agent market since Chicago declined to use the franchise tag on him, which would have yielded him a one-year contract worth $7,848,000.

"Obviously, I'm always happy when a player doesn't get franchised because I don't like the franchise tag," Rosenhaus said. "Bernard is going to continue to discuss his contract with the Bears. They'll stay in the loop. He'll more than likely be a free agent and will continue to work with Chicago through that process."

Last year, the Bears franchised linebacker Lance Briggs, and it didn't sit well with him. He said he was prepared to sit out the season, but ended up showing up to training camp without missing significant time. Rosenhaus said he wasn't sure if that played a decision in the Bears' decision to not franchise Berrian.

"I can't really speak for Jerry Angelo in that capacity, but he has said to me in the past he's not really a fan of using the franchise tag," Rosenhaus said.

Last year, the Vikings courted wide receiver Kevin Curtis heavily but eventually lost out to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings said they actually offered Curtis a better deal than the Eagles. In 2007, Curtis' cap number was $6,333,333.

"I expect there to be a lot of interest in Bernard Berrian," Rosenhaus said. "… The Bears are going to continue to be in the mix as we continue to talk with other teams. We're going to have a good, healthy dialogue with them."

  • Rosenhaus, who also represents Vikings safety Mike Doss, said he would expect him to become a free agent. He declined to say if that was Doss' choice.

    Childress said Rosenhaus' assessment of the situation was fair and called the decision mutual.

  • Rosenhaus said he expects Jevon Kearse to be released but doesn't hold any animosity toward the Eagles. "We think he'll find a home pretty quickly once he gets into free agency. I don't know when the Eagles will make that move, but in my discussions, they indicated that since we weren't able to agree to terms he would be released," Rosenhaus said.

  • Patriots wide receiver Donte Stallworth is expected to be released. "It's more likely that Donte will become a free agent and Jabar (Gaffney), we're still talking to the team about that. … I expect there to be a lot of interest in Donte Stallworth."

  • There is nothing new to report on wide receiver Chad Johnson, Rosenhaus said. Johnson has been positioning to get traded, but the Bengals aren't inclined to make that move.

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