Bears in need of an interior upgrade

There are conflicting reports about the Bears pursuit of Warren Sapp. The agent for the veteran defensive tackle is Drew Rosenhaus the same man that represents Jevon Kearse. The Bears are still not happy the negotiations went with Kearse at the start of free agency.

Sapp would instantly be the best interior lineman on the roster, but his mouth and attitude could be a liability on a young team. It's also uncertain what type of money the 31-year-old will be able to get on the open market. Teams haven't been jumping to sign him, which means Sapp might have to lower his asking price of $4-5 million annually.

If the Bears decide to go after Sapp it will be with firsthand knowledge of his impact on and off the field. As Tampa's director of player personnel Jerry Angelo was instrumental in drafting Sapp coming out of Miami. Lovie Smith spent five seasons with the Bucs as the linebackers coach.

Adding a player of John Tait's quality along with upgrading a weak defensive tackle rotation with Sapp would allow the Bears to go after the best player on the board with the 14th selection in next month's draft.

An interesting scenario would be to bring in Sapp and then draft a player that has drawn comparisons to him coming out of Miami. At 6'2, 323 pounds, Vince Wilfork is bigger than Sapp was coming out of college, but has the potential to be as much of a playmaker. The two have a good relationship because of their Miami ties.

"We're so close. When you see him he just looks at me and smiles and we hit it off and talk about whatever," Wilfork said of Sapp.

Giving Sapp a young player to work with that he likes could keep him happy. While there might be a worry that Wilfork would take on Sapp's personality, he seems to know where to draw the line in looking at the veteran as a role model.

"I'm not a big talker," Wilfork said. "I won't run my mouth on the field. I don't do that because I believe that when you make the tackle you're supposed to do that. No jumping up to celebrate. That's what you get paid to do and that's what you're supposed to do. No showboating."

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