Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije tentatively atop the depth chart at right and left end, respectively, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli remains high on Anderson and believes he can be effective off the bench in obvious passing situations.
Degree of Worry: No team is going to give up a second rounder as compensation to sign a reserve pass rusher that only has 9.5 sacks in his last 46 games, so Anderson doesn't have much leverage right now and should be back in the mix soon.
Degree of Worry: While Brown's affable personality and veteran leadership will no doubt be missed, a soon-to-be 31-year-old starting D-end coming off back-to-back 6.0-sack seasons isn't much of a commodity.
Degree of Worry: While the Bears are probably begging for another team to take him off their hands as a restricted free agent and get that extra pick in Round 3, the more likely scenario is Manning signing his tender offer and coming back to Chicago after a short absence.Lance Briggs blocks his path and isn't going anywhere. When it looked like he was finally going to get a chance to compete on the strong side this past season, the Bears instead signed former Ram and Lovie Smith disciple Pisa Tinoisamoa in free agency.
Degree of Worry: At this point, Williams probably wouldn't mind being released so he could try to fight for a starting job elsewhere, but as a solid backup and sound special teamer, the Bears prefer to keep him even if he's a bit unhappy.
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