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Bears are expected to release Alex Brown today

Posted by Mike Florio on April 1, 2010 11:44 AM ET

The Bears have tried to trade defensive end Alex Brown. Finding no takers, they are now poised to cut him.


Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the move is expected to be made today.


"I enjoyed my time and I appreciate the Bears for giving me the opportunity to play," Brown told Biggs. "The city of Chicago, there wasn't a better place to spend eight years of football. I got to see a lot of highs and lows and had a lot of fun with all of it."


Brown, who says he plans to play four or five more years, would have preferred getting a chance to hit the market sooner. Then again, in this uncapped year that has featured a limited flow of money, Brown likely wouldn't have gotten a big-money deal.


Indeed, if anyone were interested in paying Brown more than $5 million per year, they would have sent a low-round pick to the Bears in order to squat on his contract, which pays out base salaries of $5 million in 2010 and $5.5 million in 2011.


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