Bears Lose Two, Kennedy Next?

Yesterday the Bears traded quarterback Brian Griese to Tampa Bay for a low draft pick in 2009.

It was also announced yesterday that the Bears have rescinded their offer to free agent Pro Bowl special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo. The key member of Chicago’s elite special teams units was acquired via trade, in a steal of a deal, from Miami in 2005. Ayanbadejo will now look at offers elsewhere, from teams that include the Green Bay Packers. Hey, Minnesota overpaid for an ex-Bear, so it only helps the Bears if Green Bay starts overpaying too. Perhaps Detroit can overpay for someone while we’re at it?

Finally, it was announced that defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy has signed a one-year offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Bears have one week to match per terms of the late-season deal Kennedy signed with the Bears in 2007. Here’s hoping that the Bears do choose to match; Kennedy was considered a bust in his first four NFL seasons, but on the cheap he played surprisingly well for a Bear defense that improved late in the year.

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