Another Option to Tackle

The Bears are exploring various options to upgrade the offensive line. With that in mind, GM Jerry Angelo is considering making a run at free-agent RT Fred Miller, who has 102 consecutive starts on his resume.

Miller would be an ideal replacement for John Tait, who is scheduled to move from right to left tackle this season after the Bears suffered through last season with Qasim Mitchell on the left side. Miller has started every game (80) at right tackle since signing with the Tennessee Titans in 2000.

Mitchell is currently slated to start at right tackle, but the Bears would prefer to upgrade the position through free agency.

Miller, 32, could help bridge the gap between Mitchell being ready to start or give time for a tackle to develop if the Bears decide to take one in the draft.

However, if the Bears sign one of the top free-agent quarterbacks they probably cannot afford the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Miller.

Kurt Warner will be in Detroit Sunday and Monday with a decision between the Bears, Lions and Cardinals likely to come later in the week.

The Seattle Seahawks trade of Trent Dilfer to the Cleveland Browns means Jay Fiedler has one less team he can consider for a starting job.

Fiedler is slated to visit with the Bears in the coming week, as is Brad Johnson.

The Bears are a long shot to sign Warner because the other competitors offer more talent and a better chance to start.

Fiedler and Johnson would be more willing to accept a supporting role, come at a cheaper price and could leave enough cap room to also sign Miller.

The Bears are also talking to the Cardinals about tackle L.J. Shelton, but the two teams have not been able to agree on compensation.


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