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    "DemonicViking" wrote:
    Who cares, we still have other options.
    I think he was the best option we had (other than keeping Moss)

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    To each their own, but he's taken now and it's certainly not the end of the world. We still could improve significantly depending upon what we do during the offseason.

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2000387

    INDIANAPOLIS -- For wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, released Friday afternoon by the Carolina Panthers, the stay in the NFL unemployment line was a brief one.


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    93 1405 16 15.1 51 295

    Less than 12 hours after the Panthers terminated Muhammad's contract, rather than pay him a $10 million roster bonus, the veteran wide receiver and the Chicago Bears reached an agreement in principle on a multi-year deal, ESPN.com has learned. There remains some work to be done on contract language and distribution of funds, sources said, but the two sides are in accord on all key parameters of the deal.

    Because some details remain, specifics of the contract were not yet available. But it is assumed that Muhammad will receive in the area of $12 million in total guarantees and will earn an average of between $5 million-$6 million in the first three seasons.

    The agreement came in the early hours of Saturday morning, around 3 a.m, after a long night of negotiations between agent Joel Segal and Bears officials. The Bears were one of the first teams to contact Segal when his client's availability became official on Friday. Several other franchises checked in with Segal as well but Chicago, which has made the upgrade of its wide receiver corps and offseason priority, moved very aggressively to close a deal.

    There has been plenty of speculation here, where teams have gathered for the annual combine workouts, that the Bears would address their wide receiver need in the draft, perhaps by choosing University of Michigan star Braylon Edwards with the fourth pick in the first round. How the acquisition of Muhammad affects the Bears' draft plans remains to be seen.

    "He's a guy who makes plays," Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake said on the team's Web site. "He just brings a lot of experience and savvy and a lot of intangibles to the organization that you just can't coach.

    "I'm excited about him coming in at this point in time being involved in a new offense, and getting himself established and helping us reach the goals that we want to reach as a team."

    Adding the nine-year veteran Muhammad provides young quarterback Rex Grossman, who will go to training camp as the starter, a proven and dependable target.

    "The timing was good because everybody's under one roof here," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "His agent was here and we were able to visit with him. We met through the night and got it done."

    Chicago wide receivers combined for just 111 catches, 1,561 yards and three touchdowns in 2004. The leading wideout, David Terrell, posted 42 receptions for 699 yards and one touchdown. The consensus, even before the Muhammad deal, was that Terrell, a first-round choice in the 2001 draft, would be cut in the offseason.

    A former Michigan State standout, Muhammad, 31, is coming off the finest all-around season of his career. He registered 93 catches for 1,405 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was on the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Most impressive about Muhammad's 2004 performance was that it came without fellow receiver Steve Smith on the field.

    Smith suffered a season-ending broken leg in the first game of the year, taking away the Panthers' premier deep-ball threat. But despite facing weekly double-team coverage in Smith's absence, Muhammad flourished and he led the NFL in receiving yards.

    For his career, Muhammad has 578 receptions for 7,751 yards and 44 touchdowns. He has five seasons of 60-plus catches and three years with 1,000 or more receiving yards. Muhammad, who will turn 32 in May, appeared in 125 games, and started in 113 of them.

    Carolina on Friday made the difficult decision to terminate Muhammad's contract because it simply was prohibitive for the Panthers. With the $10 million roster bonus, a base salary of $650,000 and some prorated charges, Muhammad carried a salary cap charge of $12.5 million for 2005.

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

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    muhsin goes to the bears

    If we do not take a proactive approach, we will be forced to pick certain players in the draft.

    I hope we are pursuing some FAs.

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    With a sale looming why would Red want to pick up players? Reggie has no say yet until he is approved so basiclly the Vikings are in limbo during this time of free agency! So unless something happens quick it will be just like when Denny Green was here and we pick up other teams cast-offs after spring training.
    can we clone Bud Grant?

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    muhsin goes to the bears

    im with dan3ski with no end to this ownership problem in sight , every 1 just gets to sit back and watch as all the good players get swiped off the market. then tice is forced to fill holes in stead of drafting impact players . so here we go again to watch the playoff bubble burst with another late season skid

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    muhsin goes to the bears

    Stay positive. Just because Mushin off of the market, we can still make some great pickups! He went to the bottom-dwelling Bears probably for the money! He'll never see another Super Bowl with those bums!

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    Stay positive. Just because Mushin off of the market, we can still make some great pickups! He went to the bottom-dwelling Bears probably for the money! He'll never see another Super Bowl with those bums!
    the truth is i don't think mushin was the perfect fit , but with nobody at the helm who's gonna nail down some big fa signings? not red and fowler is a big? what is taking so long to get him approved? don't think w/ his questionable back ground , and inability to boast muiltimillion $$$ bank account , that the nfl will approve

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    Stay positive. Just because Mushin off of the market, we can still make some great pickups! He went to the bottom-dwelling Bears probably for the money! He'll never see another Super Bowl with those bums!
    the truth is i don't think mushin was the perfect fit , but with nobody at the helm who's gonna nail down some big fa signings? not red and fowler is a big? what is taking so long to get him approved? don't think w/ his questionable back ground , and inability to boast muiltimillion $$$ bank account , that the nfl will approve
    They have to wait until the owner's meeting I believe.

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    Well....Reggie can still withdraw the offer, so RED might want to pull that head out...

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