Free agent analysis

The kicker doesn't seem like a position atop the team's priority list, but <!--Default NodeId For Paul Edinger is 292203,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292203]>Paul Edinger</A> should be the exception.

Although, GM Jerry Angelo has tried to find a replacement for Edinger the past two seasons he's been unsuccessful, while the placekicker has been nothing but consistent. Edinger hit 22 of 28 attempts including 17-20 from inside 50 yards. He also proved that he can hit the long ball converting 5 of 8 tries from 50 yards and beyond.

Edinger's kickoff distance has been a point of contention since he joined the team in 2000, but considering his conversion rate is over 80 percent for his career it's worth the tradeoff.

Head coach Dick Jauron loves Edinger and would do anything to keep him around. In close games the Bears need someone who doesn't mind having the pressure on. Edinger has three game-winning field goals to his credit during his short career including an overtime conversion against Detroit (Nov. 24) that snapped the team's eight-game losing streak.

Likelihood Edinger will return: 90-10 in favor.

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