Room to Maneuver

As of May 13 the Bears have the third most money under the cap behind the Eagles and Vikings. With over $7 million under the $71.1 million cap Chicago has a lot of flexibility to re-sign their own players as well as free agents, which could become available after June 1st.

There's no doubt the Bears top priority is to sign Marty Booker, Rex Tucker and Rosevelt Colvin to long-term deals. All three were offered one-year tenders worth $1.15 million for the 2002 season. The team continues to negotiate toward extensions for the trio.

Additional room under the cap was created when the Bears restructured Marcus Robinson's contract as well as the release of tackle Blake Brockermeyer.

Following the June 1st salary cap cuts there are a few players that the Bears might be interested in if they are made available. Tight end Jay Riemersma would be an intriguing possibility. After missing out on free agent TE Ken Dilger, who signed with Tampa Bay, Riemersma would fill the receiving tight end role. He made 53 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bears failed to add an impact tight end in the draft. Bryan Fletcher, who Chicago selected in the sixth-round of the draft, is a long shot to make the team out of training camp.

Others players the Bears might take a look at if they become available are Kansas City receiver Derrick Alexander and running back Dorsey Levens, who has already been released by the Packers.

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