The Chicago Sun Times reported that quarterback Cade McNown may be on the way out in Chicago. Bears coach Dick Jauron admits he "overestimated" McNown's readiness, a mistake that won't happen again.
McNown's contract calls for $3.7-million in 2002 and $4.45-million in 2003 if he takes 70 percent of the snaps this season. Otherwise, he'll make $350,000 and $375,000. Because of that, general manager Jerry Angelo may take the salary-cap hit and part ways with McNown.
McNown, the team's first-round pick in 1999, is considered a long shot to win the starting job, and he might not be the backup.
Former Florida quarterback Shane Matthews or Jim Miller likely will break camp as the starter for the Sept. 9 opener at the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Winslow, son face lawsuit
The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow faces a $3-million lawsuit by a high school classmate who claims the younger Winslow hit him in the face and kicked him during a brawl.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the lawsuit claims Kellen Winslow Jr. _ an athlete at Scripps Ranch High who will attend the University of Miami in the fall on a football scholarship _ broke 18-year-old Omed Habib's jaw and injured his eye and head during a May 2 fight. The older Winslow, though not involved in the fight, was named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Habib's attorney, Fred Schenk, said his client sustained injuries when Winslow Jr. entered a fight that involved a dozen or more students in a park near the school.
The fight began as a racially motivated confrontation between two other students, Schenk said.
Schenk said his client, who graduated in the spring, still is being treated by a doctor. The lawsuit, filed July 6, seeks $3-million in general damages plus medical and other expenses.
Winslow Jr. is 6-5, 215 pounds, and Habib is 5-10, 160 pounds, according to Schenk.