Chris Harris all the more necessary.
Status Update: We'll learn just how hurt he is when veteran minicamp convenes next month at Halas Hall, but as of right now Afalava looks like nothing more than a backup to Harris at strong safety.Kevin Payne – he finally cracked the starting lineup down the stretch once injuries began to pile up in the secondary. Another in a long line of Bears safeties more comfortable down in the box than out in space, Bullocks signed his tender offer and will earn a guaranteed $1.226 million in 2010.
Status Update: Unlike Afalava, Bullocks can fill in at both strong and free safety, although he hasn't proven to be an ideal fit at either and probably won't challenge for a starting job.
Status Update: Manning might have to settle for nickel back and kick returner, and he's still going to have to hold off free-agent acquisition Tim Jennings and Pro Bowler Johnny Knox, respectively, for those duties.Major Wright with his top pick in this month's draft was a clear sign that Steltz hasn't done enough to be an unquestioned starter yet.
Status Update: While Steltz may make it to training camp as the starter at free safety because he's a veteran, look for the more explosive – and more vocal – Wright to overtake him before too long and get the nod come Week 1.
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