Free agent analysis

<!--Default NodeId For Mike Green is 292207,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292207]>Mike Green</A> assumed a starting role in 2002 and finished with mixed reviews. Like most of the secondary Green struggled to come between an opposing receiver and the ball. He failed to pick off a pass for a team that only totaled nine interceptions.

However, Green finished second on the team in tackles behind only All-Pro Brian Urlacher. Depending on how you look at things a strong safety being second on the team in tackles can be either bad or good.

The Bears tend to focus on the positive side stating that Green was brought up to the line in running situations and the fact that the passing game is so prevalent in today's game that someone has to make the tackles.

The other side of the argument is that Green is getting beat in coverage against tight ends and running backs. Green is supposed to be better in coverage then the departed Tony Parrish, who had seven interceptions in 2002 for the 49ers, but failed to live up to those expectations.

Green will likely be retained and start at strong safety in 2003, but there are a few players that could push him out of the role.

Bobby Gray will return from a dislocated wrist, while Damon Moore looked to be a candidate until his off the field trouble could lead to his release.

Either way Green can play both safety and cornerback a valuable commodity, which will force the Bears to keep him on the roster.

Likelihood Green will return: 85-15 in favor.


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