Five Names to Keep an Eye on

Although Jerry Angelo has said he doesn't consider free agency the answer to the Bears problems, players such as Seattle LT Walter Jones would fill a need.

--LT Walter Jones (UFA) has been franchised the last three seasons. Although he remains a top priority to keep, with QB Matt Hasselbeck and RB Shaun Alexander both hitting the market it could hard to tag the veteran a fourth time. If the Bears were able to acquire Jones it would stabilize a line that surrendered a franchise record 66 sacks. John Tait could remain at right tackle, which his stronger position. The team would have three members on the line that have went to the Pro Bowl and Tait is not far off that honor.

--QB Kurt Warner (UFA) is definitely gone, and he'll move to a team that needs a veteran starter. Dallas appears to be leading the pack although the Bears, San Francisco, Cleveland and Miami are up there in terms of interest. It's unclear how aggressive the Bears will be in going after a quarterback to compete with Rex Grossman for the starting job. Chad Hutchinson proved his can play in this league, but relying on him to backup Grossman may be more than the Bears are willing to gamble. Warner is the best available quarterback that the team would be willing to afford.

--QB Kelly Holcomb (UFA) is probably not a long-term answer as a starter, but he may be the best option the Browns have, with Jeff Garcia burning any remaining bridges he had in Cleveland. Holcomb would prefer to stay in the area because his family is settled, but he'll likely go where he believes his best chance to start is. He's an athletic quarterback with a good arm. Holcomb could be a name that slides under the radar depending how hard the Browns try to re-sign him before he hits the free agent.

--QB Mike McMahon (UFA) wants to compete for a starting job. That's not likely in Detroit even though Steve Mariucci likes him and the Lions could cut Joey Harrington. The fact that Terry Shea coached McMahon at Rutgers made the link to the Bears obvious, so with Ron Turner now calling the plays the team could look in a different direction.

--RB Derrick Blaylock (UFA) should get attention from some team looking for a proven backup with starting ability after he ran for 100 yards twice in spelling or replacing the injured Priest Holmes. Probably not a big factor in KC plans after second-year RB Larry Johnson ran for 100-plus three times with one 100-yard receiving game late in the season when Blaylock went down with a minor knee sprain. Despite the fact that the Bears will no longer run an offense similar to that of Kansas City, Blaylock would offer depth at running back behind Thomas Jones.

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