Shelton Update

Although the Bears lost out on a potential free agent to the Buffalo Bills, their chances of acquiring a veteran left tackle might have went up on Friday.

In a surprising move, Kelly Holcomb decided to sign with the Buffalo Bills on Friday and will backup J.P. Losman.

Holcomb wanted more money than the Browns wanted to pay so he looked elsewhere for employment. Interestingly, he passed up signing with the Browns, who would have given him a chance to start.

The QB vacancy in Cleveland means the Bears have more competition for the likes of Jay Fiedler and Brad Johnson

Kurt Warner visited Halas Hall on Friday and is off to Detroit for a meeting with the Lions on Sunday.

The two-time league MVP is likely to make a decision between the Bears, Lions and Cardinals sometime early next week.

The Bears appear to be running third because Warner would have a better chance to start in Arizona and the Lions have more talent to surround him on offense.

The Bears are not just thinking about obtaining a veteran quarterback. Bear Report has learned talks with the Cardinals regarding L.J. Shelton are ongoing.

GM Jerry Angelo is still offering a fourth round pick in April's draft, while the Cardinals are seeking a second the team is willing to take a third.

The problem is the Bears traded their third round choice in the Adewale Ogunleye for Marty Booker deal.

Buffalo had been the frontrunner for Shelton's services. The Bills brought the left tackle in for a visit once Arizona granted him permission to seek a trade. The two sides were trying to work out a Travis Henry for Shelton deal.

When the proposed trade fell through, the Bills signed former Bear Mike Gandy. He's expected to replace Jonas Jennings, who signed with San Francisco.

The Bears may be able to get the Cardinals to lower their asking price. Arizona signed free agent offensive tackle Oliver Ross to a multi-year deal Friday evening.

The move assures that the 6-foot-6, 335-pound, Shelton will not be back in Arizona next season and could force the Cardinals into a corner. His contract has four years left with a base of $3 million per season, which is a relative bargain for a starting tackle.

The addition would sure up the weakest spot on the offensive line and allow John Tait to stay at his stronger position at right tackle. The Bears allowed an NFL high and franchise worst 66 sacks last season, not to mention Rex Grossman is coming a major knee injury.

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