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The Chicago Bears put in a call to the Dolphins on Tuesday to find out if the teams could work out a deal for restricted free agent defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
They might as well have saved the dime.
The Dolphins have made it clear they will not accept anything less than a deal that includes a first-round pick and more for Ogunleye. Miami would just as soon have another team sign him to a contract offer as a restricted free agent to give them a chance to match the offer or get the first- and third-round picks they would be entitled to.
By contrast, the Bears are unwilling to give up their first-rounder, which is the No. 14 overall pick, according to a report in The Chicago Sun-Times today.
Beyond Chicago, two sources in the Minnesota organization said the Vikings have no interest in giving up draft picks in a deal for Ogunleye. The Vikings like Ogunleye but not enough to give up the No. 19 overall pick in the first round as part of a deal.
''No, we're not going to do that,'' a Vikings source said. ``Picks and a big contract? That's a double whammy.''
Agent Drew Rosenhaus acknowledged Sunday the Bears are suitors for Ogunleye and said he looked forward to beginning negotiations with them. On Tuesday, Rosenhaus said that if Ogunleye gets a significant offer from another team, that could put pressure on the Dolphins to deal him.