More work ahead

In the past three months GM Jerry Angelo has fired and hired a head coach, added four starters through free agency, but his off-season is far from complete with the draft three weeks away.

Following the signing of Ruben Brown, Angelo admitted he was more active in free agency then he had anticipated.

"I feel like we've done and accomplished what we set out to do for the most part," Angelo said via teleconference on Friday. "We just feel like we added another good player to an area that we wanted to address in the off-season and that was our offensive line."

With little cap room left the shopping spree is likely over. Meaning free agent LB Ian Gold and Miami Dolphin DE Adewale Ogunleye are out the picture.

"Certainly (both are) players we would love to get but their situations are as such it's going to be very hard to do (anything with either one of them)," Angelo said.

Angelo is still on the search for talent, but any move will be to add depth at this point. The Bears will now turn their attention to the draft. With all five of their major off-season acquisitions – RB Thomas Jones, FB Bryan Johnson, QB Jonathan Quinn, RT John Tait and G Ruben Brown - being on the offensive side of the ball look for Chicago to concentrate on the defense early and often.

"We wanted to look at adding some playmakers and look at our offensive line in particular not to say we wouldn't have done something with the defensive side (of the ball), but it just didn't just work out that way," Angelo said.

While the offensive line has been strengthened with the additions of Tait and Brown, the front-four needs an upgrade. The team is happy with Alex Brown and Michael Haynes, but need a third end to compliment the duo as well as adding talent on the interior of the line.

"We're going to look at the value of the player going into the draft," Angelo said. "Need will always be a consideration but we have a few areas of need that we feel that we'll be able to have flexibility particularly on the first day."

The Bears have already completed the majority of their 20 allotted college visits and will begin to put their value board together. Sunday the Bears will host their annual scouting day for college area prospects including Miami running back Jarrett Payton.

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