Bears tender five offers to restricted free agents

The Bears tendered qualifying offers to five restricted free agents that secures the right of first refusal to the Bears or compensation equal to the draft round in which each was selected.

Paul Edinger (K), Mike Green (S), Todd McMillon (CB), Cory Sauter (QB) and Dez White (WR) were all tendered offers. Meaning any team that signing Edinger, Green or White would have to surrender a draft pick equal to the round each player was selected in (Edinger, sixth round; Green, seventh round; White, third round; McMillon and Sauter were each acquired as unrestricted free agents). The Bears also tendered exclusive free agent Bobbie Howard and signed exclusive free agent Joe Tafoya to a one-year deal.

Edinger tied a Bears team record in 2002 converting five of eight field goal attempts from 50 yards or longer while leading the League with a 41.9 yard per attempt average. He currently ranks 12th on the Bears career scoring list with 295 points in three seasons and is the franchise's career leader in field goal percentage, connecting on 69 of 86 attempts (80.2).

Green led the Bears secondary in tackles last season and ranked second on the team with 128 stops, marking the second consecutive season he has established a new career mark for tackles. The third-year pro out of Northwestern State (La.) reached double digits in tackles seven times.

McMillon made the first start of his career in Week Two at Atlanta, playing in 10 games while making 23 tackles with three passes defended. The third-year pro out of Northern Arizona also contributed 10 tackles on Bears special teams before ending the season on Injured Reserve.

Sauter, a third-year pro out of Minnesota, joined the Bears after the halfway point of the 2002 season and saw his first action as a pro in a relief role in the final game of the season against Tampa Bay. He completed six of nine passes for 59 yards.

White set career marks in 2002, hauling in 51 receptions for 656 yards and four touchdowns. The third-year receiver from Georgia Tech also recorded the first 100-yard receiving game of his career with eight catches for 106 yards against Detroit (10/20).

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