The club can control defensive end Alex Brown through 2005 and first-round pick Michael Haynes' will likely sign a five-year deal. Depending on what happens in the contract negotiations with Mike Brown the Bears could have eight defensive starters locked up for three seasons.
All of this means the core of the team will be around at least through 2005, but Angelo's judge of talent will have to be precise for that fact to mean something.
At that time there will be a whole new set of questions to answer including Rex Grossman's readiness to lead the offense, but all the planning could be for not if the team doesn't have instant success in 2003. Another losing season will likely see Dick Jauron fired and Angelo could be looking for a new job if the team finishes as bad as they did last year.