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Despite having an estimated $6.5 million under the salary cap the Bears could have difficulties signing free agents in the future because the team?s decisions over the last week.

After starting the off-season with two clerical errors, which cost the Bears an opportunity to receive compensation for restricted free agents Warrick Holdman and D?Wayne Bates, Bears GM Jerry Angelo matched an offer sheet Bates signed and released the receiver the following day.

Blake Brockermeyer, who played the majority of last season on a bad knee, was asked to restructure his deal or be released. After some contract discussions the tackle decided to try and find a better deal then the multimillion-dollar pay cut the Bears were offering.

The Bears are not totally to blame for their salary cap related moves. The fact remains the organization is attempting to get enough money under the salary cap in order to re-sign restricted free agents Marty Booker, Rosevelt Colvin and Rex Tucker.

However, management?s loyalty to players can definitely be questioned. Especially when over the last year the team has waived several veterans that were perceived as team leaders such as Mike Wells, Glyn Milburn and Bobby Engram last year and now Brockermeyer can be added to the growing list.

Warrick Holdman?s future with the Bears is still uncertain. The deadline for restricted free agents to be tendered an offer sheet is April 15 or return to their team for the contract tendered. Chances are Holdman will receive an offer over the next week, but the question is will the Bears match it.


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