Bears tender five players

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears tendered qualifying offers of $1.227 million today to restricted free agents Rex Tucker (G), Marty Booker (WR) and Rosevelt Colvin (LB).

This guarantees the team the right to match any contract offer or receive a first-round draft pick as compensation.

Chicago also tendered offers of $563,000 to Warrick Holdman (LB) and D'Wayne Bates (WR), which secures the right of first refusal to the Bears or compensation equal to the draft round in which each was selected (Holdman, fourth round; Bates, third round).

Tucker started all 16 games at left guard for the Bears in 2001, helping the Bears offensive line to a league-low 17 sacks, more than 21 below the NFL average (38.6) and 17 fewer than the team allowed in 2000 (34).

Booker became the first Bears player to have 100 catches in a season and just the eighth receiver in Bears history to surpass 1,000 receiving in a season. He finished the season with 100 catches for 1,071 yards in 2001.

Colvin led the Bears with 10.5 sacks in 2001, becoming the first linebacker since Otis Wilson to reach double digits in sacks. Holdman ranked second on the team in tackles in 2001 with 145 and a team-leading 101 solo stops.

Bates appeared in 11 games with one start in 2001. The third-year pro out of Northwestern had nine catches for 160 yards and his first career NFL touchdown.

Bears bolster secondary
The Chicago Bears re-signed defensive back Floyd Young. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Young originally signed with the Bears on June 22, 2001 and was released on Sept. 1 at the conclusion of training camp.

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