Chicago Bears: Antrel Rolle
The paper is reporting on its Web site that the Miami Dolphins offered Rolle a five-year deal Thursday night for less than the $8 million per year Rolle is seeking, and now the defensive back is expected to visit the New York Giants Friday morning.
The Bears have been aggressively pursuing Rolle, who was released by Arizona Thursday afternoon. ESPN's Adam Schefter said that the team's talks with Rolle have been "heating up."
If Rolle chooses to sign elsewhere, the Bears may consider free safety Ryan Clark, who up to this point has been unable to reach a new deal with Pittsburgh.
The Arizona Cardinals officially released safety Antrel Rolle on Thursday to avoid paying a $4 million roster bonus and the $8.1 million salary Rolle was set to earn in the final year of his rookie contract.
The Bears are expected to make a serious run at Rolle, even though Arizona will make re-signing Rolle one of their “top free-agent priorities", according to the team's official Web site.
Rolle is eligable to sign with any of the 32 NFL teams, and will not be affected by the league's final eight rule.
Rolle wrote on his blog at Playerpress.com that he expects to be on the phone quite a bit in the coming days.
"I'm leaving myself open to all markets right now," he wrote. "I will be looking for teams with certain defensive schemes and teams that have a good reputation as far as how the organization is run. But right now I am willing to listen to anyone."
Rolle also said he's willing and able to play anywhere in a defensive backfield for whichever team signs him.
"I don't consider myself just a safety now since I switched over from cornerback," he wrote. "I can play all over, return punts, play some on offense. I really just consider myself an athlete more than a position player."