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NOVA STEELERS
02-20-2008, 06:42 AM
Feb. 18, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) -The Chicago Bears released former Pro Bowl wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad on Monday, cutting the veteran after three seasons.

Chicago also gave defensive end Alex Brown a two-year contract extension, declined a $5.2 million option on defensive tackle Darwin Walker, and released veteran offensive tackle Fred Miller.

"Anytime a guy of Moose's stature is released, it's a surprise," said agent Joel Segal, who represents both Muhammad and Brown. "It's good timing for Moose because it's on the cusp of free agency. It gives him time to sign with another team."

He called Brown's deal a "win-win for both sides."

Muhammad spent his first nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers and made two Pro Bowls, but was released in February 2005 after setting career highs with 1,405 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. He immediately signed a six-year contract with the Bears, but his numbers dropped dramatically in Chicago.

He caught 40 passes for 570 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears went 7-9 last season, and given his age - he turns 35 in May - the move wasn't shocking. The timing was a bit curious, though, given that leading receiver Bernard Berrian is considered one of the top free agents.

Segal said there has been no contact with other teams, but "I'm sure my phone will start ringing tonight."

Muhammad's best season with the Bears was in 2006, when had 863 yards and five touchdowns while helping the Bears reach the Super Bowl. That was an improvement over his first season in Chicago (750 yards and four touchdowns), but nothing like his final year with the Panthers. In 12 seasons, Muhammad has 742 receptions for 9,934 yards and 56 touchdowns.

Brown, who had two years left on his contract, wasn't thrilled when the coaches handed Mark Anderson the starting job at right defensive end in training camp. Brown wound up with 58 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks last season after 71 and seven in 2006. Anderson struggled against the run, and injuries and poor execution left a once-dominant defense vulnerable.

The Bears believed they landed a solid replacement for Tank Johnson when they acquired Walker from the Buffalo Bills. He signed a five-year, $25-million contract two days after the trade, but knee and elbow problems limited him to 33 tackles and one sack in 11 games.

Agent Albert Irby said the injuries were "just nagging types of things" and his client is fine.

"It's the Bears' choice," he said. "It's the way the business goes. That's their decision."

Miller started 46 games in three seasons with the Bears and has started 160 of his last 161 overall. A 12-year veteran, he started in Super Bowls with Chicago and the St. Louis Rams.


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JoeThomas
02-20-2008, 07:36 AM
he could be a good #3 somewhere still. he isnt fast enought o beat anyone down the field. but i bet he can be a good wr for a solid team.

yinzer
02-20-2008, 06:55 PM
i'm surprised. he's solid. :scratch:

StlersGuy
02-20-2008, 06:59 PM
I dont understand this cut, he was one of there top receiver's and with that said I would like to see us go after him.

HUNT4SEVEN
02-20-2008, 07:01 PM
[QUOTE=yinzer;185357]i'm surprised. he's solid. :scratch:yea me 2 i would love it if the steelers looked at him he's an solid reciever with hands, he's not the tallest or fastest but he makes catches, he will catch more then he will drop

Ambridge
02-20-2008, 07:30 PM
Muhammad is a good posession receiver-not a vertical threat and the Steelers have one of the best posession receivers in Hines Ward.

The Steelers need a burner who can stretch the field and go deep.

StlersGuy
02-20-2008, 07:58 PM
Muhammad would be alot better then Washington

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2008, 10:37 PM
Muhammad would be alot better then Washington

Moose is a lot more polished than Nate is, he's been around longer and has more experienced. Nate is the fastest guy on the team followed closely by Santonio and FWP so we've got the speed but Nate just needs to continue to develop. this is a crucial year for him because more is expected of him now. I think having a guy like Moulds or Muhammed would be a good thing on this team. It would give us 2 possession WR's and 2 speed burners and all with experience. In this day and age you've got to have atleast 3 WR's that can hold their own against the top DB's. We have 2 right now; Nate has potential but adding a veteran for a 2 year deal would be sweet IMO.