Object of Desire

Warrick Holdman has started 30 games in three years with the Bears and has 242 tackles, 3½ sacks, an interception and 12 passes defensed. He registered a career high 109 tackles in 2001. At age 26, it's a good bet some team will sign him to an offer sheet and force the Bears to match a steep price.

Chicago made the lowest qualifying offer to Holdman, meaning the compensation price tag for him should be a fourth-rounder, the round he was drafted at in 1999. But because of a clerical error by the Bears, who still retain right of first refusal but with no compensation, teams are coming hard after Holdman.

Holdman visited Cleveland last week and there are reportedly 16 other teams interested in the linebacker's services. With Holdman making the free agent tour Jerry Angelo is exploring all options.

"We'll have people coming in through the process," he said. "In some cases we're creating a plan ‘B'. "In some cases we just want to visit with people in case the market doesn't go quite the way they think. We want to let them know that there is some possible interest on our part. A lot of this is exploratory. We'll just take it week to week."

Philadelphia linebacker Mike Caldwell visited Halas Hall Friday. A special teams standout who has played with the Browns/Ravens, Cardinals and Eagles in nine NFL seasons may be best remembered for knocking Bears quarterback Cade McNown out of a 1999 game in Philadelphia with a separated shoulder.

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