Bear Report Audio: John Clayton
John Clayton of ESPN (Warren Wimmer)
John Clayton of ESPN (Warren Wimmer)
Posted Feb 22, 2008

The Chicago Bears have some free agents dangling out there, including Bernard Berrian, Lance Briggs, and Rex Grossman. ESPN's John Clayton sat down with Bear Report at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to discuss the situation, and subscribers can listen to that exclusive audio feature right here.

John Crist: A below-the-radar free agent in Chicago is Brendon Ayanbadejo. Not much of a linebacker, but he's sensational on special-teams. He wants $3 million a year as a special-teamer. Is that money out there? Is he crazy? Is he going to get paid that much?

John Clayton: No. He will not get paid that much. He would have to get some kind of a deal that is going to be minimum salary with a big signing bonus for a multi-year deal, or just do a minimum-salary deal. Ayanbadejo is a great special-teams player, and I know the fact that he came to Chicago in a trade and they want him to stay there ... I still think they can get something done. But $3 million a year? That's just, unfortunately, not going to happen.

Be sure to listen to the rest of JC's interview with ESPN's John Clayton, an exclusive for Bear Report subscribers ...

Listen to Audio (4:18)

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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