Does "Big Cat" have a ninth life?

Now that contract negotiations are out of the way, Bears GM <!--Default NodeId For Jerry Angelo is 834647,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:834647]>Jerry Angelo</A> can concentrate on improving the team on the field. With <!--Default NodeId For Marc Colombo is 722208,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722208]>Marc Colombo</A>'s immediate future in doubt, right tackle has become an area of concern.

Aaron Gibson is practicing with the first unit and Steve Edwards is also being given a chance to win for the job.

"We want to look at Gibson and Edwards, see how they're coming along," Angelo said. "They've (Gibson and Edwards) done everything that you want guys to do in the offseason. We like what we see but until we get the pads on we won't know for sure."

The team attempted to claim undrafted free agent Kareem Marshall from the Eagles Thursday, but he failed a physical and was not signed.

The Bears GM is still looking for other options, which could include a call to James "Big Cat" Williams.

"It will make us more aggressive if as we get going along here in camp. I'm not going to rule anything out," Angelo said about contacting Williams. "I don't know what he's thinking. We haven't talked to his people or anything like that. Part of what we have to do is prepare for emergencies. That's the thing you don't like because there's always those what ifs. Well address this if we need to down the road."

Williams was released by the Bears during the offseason and has yet to sign with another team. There is debate whether or not his knees can handle the grind of another NFL season after 12 years in the league. Despite playing with pain the entire 2002 campaign, he was the only Bears offensive lineman to start all 16 regular season games and finished with a consecutive start streak of 134 games.


Bear Report Top Stories