Friendly Competition

Lake Forest - John Tait and Adewale Ogunleye almost became teammates in Miami, but through a twist of fait and some major bucks from the Chicago Bears they'll be going up against each other in practice.

As the Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Tait's only match-up with Ogunleye and the Miami Dolphins came in 2002. Tait shutout the left defensive end, but didn't give his own performance a glowing review.

"I'm sure I didn't do too great," Tait said. "I had just moved over from left to right (tackle). It was an eye opening experience."

While Tait admitted the offense will have a lot of work to do to make up for Marty Booker's production, the trade for Ogunleye capped off an off-season in which the Bears spent more than $80 million.

"A lot of guys are sad to see him (Booker) go because he was a really important of this team, but as far as the team making the move and going after somebody like that shows the team is committed to winning games."

The two will now face each other in practice on a daily basis, which should help bring their play to an even higher level.

"I think he's really going to make a big contribution to this team," Tait said of Ogunleye. "He's got a lot speed, but also he's got a lot of power too and that's a deadly combination when you're playing against a defensive end.

"To be able to play against a guy whose probably better than nine out of ten guys you're going to face on Sunday, that's great for me because it gives me a lot of good work."

Hamstrung: Marcus Reese's right hamstring pull is a minor injury in his estimation, but the coaching staff is taking the conservative approach by holding him out of practice indefinitely. He realizes that sitting out any length of time could hurt his chances of winning a job at weakside linebacker.

"It's unfortunate for me, I was trying to prove something but I'm just going to have to live with it," Reese said. "Whether I start or not it's not in my hands anymore, so it's real frustrating."

The injury occurred during kickoff coverage following Paul Edinger's field goal in the first quarter. Reese said if it were up to him he would be back on the field with the team, but obviously that decision lies with the coaching staff.

Caught in the Act: As Anthony Thomas laid on the locker room floor at Halas Hall Monday it appeared he was catching up on the latest happenings from a local newspaper. However upon a second glance Thomas, who missed the majority of training camp with a side injury, was looking at the classified ads.

"I'm looking for a job," Thomas responded jokingly after being asked what he was doing.

Giving Mood: Newly acquired DE Adewale Ogunleye received a generous six-year $33.4 million contract from the Chicago Bears. Upon his arrival at Halas Hall, Ogunleye sported a throwback Pete Maravich jersey, but thanks to gift from a new teammate he will be reunited with his old number.

DE Cliff Washburn owned jersey #93, which is the same number that Ogunleye wore with the Miami Dolphins.

In some cases a cash settlement between players is agreed upon in exchange for switching numbers, but Washburn has decided to hand over the jersey without asking for anything and will now wear #75.

However upon hearing that former Bear QB Kordell Stewart paid Henry Burris to the rights to the number 10, he appeared to think twice about his move.

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