Why the Bears will pass on Owens

The Bears feel better about their wide receiver options -- such as Devin Hester and Johnny Knox -- than the general public does. Getty Images

Adam Schefter often answers reader questions in his blog. Have a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Why wouldn't the Bears try to get Terrell Owens. Sign him to a three-year deal? Like three million dollars? They need a receiver. I have been a Bears fan forever and they need to do something.

-- Eric (Albany, N.Y.)

A: Eric: Let's put it this way -- the Bears are a lot higher on their receivers than the public is. They think between Devin Aromashodu, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett, they have more than enough receivers to make plays. And keep in mind that Terrell Owens turns 37 in December. There aren't many teams handing out three-year deals to Owens, no matter what the price is. Everyone keeps asking where Owens will wind up, and no one knows, including the player himself. My hunch is that, during training camp, some team will suffer a key injury at wide receiver. When it does, one of the players that team will consider is Owens. But if the Bears had wanted Owens by now, they would have made a move for him. They haven't -- and, for now, it doesn't look like they will.

Q: Do you think Chad Henne will go to the next level this year for the Dolphins? He seems to have many more tools around him this year. I read that he's been tremendous in practice thus far. Could this be his year?

-- Mike (Panama City, Fla.)

A: Think so, Mike. The Dolphins are really pleased with Henne. He is exactly what Bill Parcells looks for in a quarterback -- experienced at the Division I level, a proven leader, mature, passionate about his craft. Miami loved the progress Henne made last year, and believes it will be more of the same this year. And Brandon Marshall is good enough to make any quarterback look better. This is the year in which Henne puts an end to questions like the one you just asked and proves he belongs as a good NFL starting quarterback.

Q: Can the Patriots really afford to lose Logan Mankins? And which team do you think could use him the most right now?

-- Mike (Wareham, Mass.)

A: Marc: Any team in the league could use a tough Pro Bowl guard. Problem is, New England is not going to trade him, at least not now. Just because Mankins requested a trade doesn't mean he will be granted one. New England looks to add quality players, not subtract them. Not sure how this issue will work itself out, but it would stun me if it wound up with the Patriots trading Mankins to any one of the 31 teams that could use him. New England knows it can't afford to lose Mankins -- and it's not going to, for now.

Q: What do you think about the situation with Albert Haynesworth? Are there any franchises willing to take on this guy's attitude and salary? I think teams know there would be nothing stopping him from pulling the same stunt a year from now.

-- Annie (Seattle)

Q: Annie: There are certain teams that would take on the three years and $16 million left on Haynesworth's contract. The issue is, at this time, the Redskins are unwilling to trade him. Washington first wants to pursue the money it gave Haynesworth -- it cut him a check for $21 million on April 1 -- before it sends him packing. It's hard to imagine Haynesworth playing again in Washington, especially when he has been so adamant that he does not want to play in the Redskins' new defensive system. But after all this, my guess is the Redskins players don't want him around there anyway. They didn't like or trust him last year, and they're less inclined to like or trust him this year. Washington controls when it will get rid of Haynesworth through trade or release, and it sounds like it has other business it wants to tend to first.

Q: Is there any chance Marshawn Lynch plays a down for the Bills next season? He can still be a beast if the line settles down and I'd like to have him back.

-- Geoff (Buffalo, N.Y.)

A: Geoff: I've heard many people speak boldly and say Lynch will not be back in Buffalo; I'm in the other camp. I think he will be there. I think he is worth more to the Bills than another team would be willing to give up for him at this point. Other teams have been unwilling to surrender much. And if you're the Bills, why would you take, say, a fourth-round pick for a player that once was a first-round pick and has two years left on his contract at very friendly numbers? Lynch went out Tuesday for his first day with Chan Gailey and impressed coaches. They could see the talent he had right away. They're not trading it away so quickly, especially not in a league in which teams have proved over and over that they need multiple running backs to get through the season. I could be wrong here, but my hunch is that Lynch will be a Bill this season.