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Source: Bears, Mike Sims-Walker talking

Jacksonville Jaguars free-agent receiver Mike Sims-Walker expressed interest recently in joining the Chicago Bears.

According to an NFL source close to Sims-Walker, the Bears are interested too and the sides are in contact.

A five-year veteran, Sims-Walker caught 122 passes for 1,647 yards and 14 touchdown in three seasons with the Jaguars. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Sims-Walker missed the first two years of his career because of knee injuries.


The Jaguars drafted Sims-Walker in the third round in 2007, and the receiver showed tremendous promise as a rookie. But lingering knee issues from college sidelined him.

It's unknown whether Sims-Walker's contract expectations are a potential roadblock to striking a deal with Chicago.

In part because of his injury history, Sims-Walker seeks a one-year deal that would allow him a chance to produce a strong 2011 showing -- if he remains healthy -- before returning to the market to cash in, the source said.

Sims-Walker hasn't returned calls or text messages.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com an ESPN 1000.