Whispers from around the NFL

• LB Lance Briggs is essentially playing his final games as a Chicago Bear. We're told there's no way the Bears can afford to keep their Pro Bowl weakside 'backer with rising stars like DT Tommie Harris also nearing the end of their contracts. Briggs is in the midst of a third straight solid season and will almost certainly attract monster offers in free agency.

• Eagles WR Reggie Brown has impressed the team immensely this season, especially with Donte' Stallworth missing four games in a five-week stretch. Brown has shown an ability to separate from defenders, something that scouts questioned when he came into the league in 2005.