The Skinny: After bursting onto the Chicago scene as a rookie in 2006 with 12 sacks as a pass-rushing specialist off the bench, Anderson failed miserably as the starter in 2007. A reserve again in '08 and '09, and even getting some snaps at tackle this past season on passing downs, the former Alabama Crimson Tide has only registered 9.5 sacks combined the last three years. Never very effective against the run, he doesn't have much value if he isn't getting after the enemy quarterback and seems to have been figured by opposing linemen.Back in 2010?: Likely. Since Adewale Ogunleye is all but gone, coupled with the tragic loss of Gaines Adams last month, the Bears need pass rushers desperately.
The Skinny: One of the more unique free-agent stories for the Bears, Bullocks came to the Windy City from the Saints as an unrestricted free agent last offseason but will now be restricted this time around because of the state of the collective bargaining agreement. Never given much of a chance to compete for a starting job until both safety positions were crippled by injuries, the former Nebraska Cornhusker paired with Craig Steltz the final two games and did fairly well. Somewhat of a tweener between free and strong safety, he looks like a career backup.
Back in 2010?: Likely. The safety depth chart is a complete mess right now, so the Bears don't have the luxury of letting Bullocks go for nothing.
The Skinny: He may still be good friends with Tommie Harris because the two of them were also teammates in college, but if Harris himself is a question mark for next season, Dvoracek may already be a memory. While the former Oklahoma Sooner showed some flashes as a run defender in 2008 and is one of the more likable players in the locker room, it's impossible to ignore the fact that he has missed 51 of 64 games in four years with one devastating injury after another. As it turns out, he was only taking playing time away from the underrated Anthony Adams.
Back in 2010?: Highly unlikely. The Bears went so far as to give away his No. 98 last season, so Dvoracek's bags have been packed for a while.
The Skinny: Continually one of the most frustrating players to watch because of his myriad physical tools, Manning has played free safety, cornerback and nickel back during his Bears career but never been able to stick anywhere. The former Abilene Christian Wildcat's greatest value may be as a kickoff returner, leading the league with a 29.7-yard average in 2008 and following that up with 26.6 in 2009, although it was rookie Johnny Knox getting an invite to the Pro Bowl in that role as an alternate. The coaching staff needs to plant Manning at nickel back and keep him there.
Back in 2010?: Very likely. Even if he's not a safety anymore, nickel back is a crucial position in the Cover 2 and basically a 12th starter.
The Skinny: Only considered a linebacker because he needs an official position designation, McClover has never once been regarded as anything more than a core special-teams player since he was taken in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jets. Along with fellow coverage-unit demon Tim Shaw, the former Miami Hurricane plays all phases of special teams and was credited with 10 tackles this past season covering punts and kickoffs. He can play either outside linebacker position in a pinch, but he's at best a last resort defensively.
Back in 2010?: Unlikely. McClover never makes the cut after preseason, but special teams coordinator Dave Toub finds his name in the Rolodex once injuries occur.
The Skinny: The Bears planned to keep four tailbacks last year until Kevin Jones tore some ankle ligaments in the exhibition finale, although it was undrafted rookie free agent Kahlil Bell eventually developing as the backup to Matt Forte ahead of the veteran Peterson. The former Georgia Southern Eagle came to the Bears as a sixth rounder in the 2002 draft and has been the consummate team player ever since, but he'll be 31 years old by the time training camp arrives. While Peterson remains a special-teams standout, he's not as good as either McClover or Shaw.
Back in 2010?: Even though coach Lovie Smith has said he'll always have room for a player like Peterson, it's time to move on and build a better backfield.
The Skinny: The plan was for Tinoisamoa to join Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs to form perhaps the best trio of 4-3 linebackers in the league, but both Tinoisamoa and Urlacher got hurt in the opener at Green Bay, with Tinoisamoa only playing one more game and Urlacher getting shelved for good on IR. One of Chicago's key free-agent acquisitions last offseason, the former Hawaii Warrior signed for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere because he just wanted to win games after having his brain beaten in with the Rams for so long. He looked great before his injury.
Back in 2010?: Likely. The Bears have already floated the idea that he will return, meaning Urlacher-Briggs-Tinoisamoa may get a reprise.
The Skinny: Probably good enough to be a starter for half the teams in the league two seasons ago, Williams has waited patiently in Chicago for four years because his path is being blocked by Briggs, a perennial Pro Bowler. Briggs missed one game in 2009 with injury, giving Williams his first start since the 2007 campaign, and the former Arizona State Sun Devil didn't disappoint with 18 total tackles. Williams has been a good sport about his situation from Day 1, although he finally started to voice some frustration and may want to elevate his NFL profile elsewhere.
Back in 2010?: Likely. Williams may not appreciate it if the Bears make an effort to keep him, but he's a valuable reserve and a solid special teamer.
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