There is no doubt that <!--Default NodeId For Rosevelt Colvin is 661287,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:661287]>Rosevelt Colvin</A> is great guy and a good football player, but did the Bears make the right decision in not retaining the strong-side linebacker?

The fact that the Bears leading sacker over the past two seasons has been a strong-side linebacker is part of the problem. Colvin only rushes the quarterback in nickel situations. Despite Colvin's success of back-to-back seasons with 10.5 sacks the Bears didn't feel giving him millions of would the right move because in their eyes he can't play defensive end on an every down basis.

Colvin isn't a great linebacker. He struggled in pass coverage and was adequate against the run. However, he excelled at getting to the quarterback something the team has lacked for years. Phillip Daniels was second on the team with 5.5 sacks.

In the salary cap prediction game the team couldn't tie up approximately $30 million in Colvin when Brian Urlacher will demand the biggest contract in franchise history. The All-Pro middle linebacker will command anywhere from $40-60 million dollars with a huge signing bonus.

When the Bears matched the Kansas City Chiefs four-year $12 million dollar deal for Warrick Holdman they made their decision on which linebacker they planned on teaming with Urlacher.

Bryan Knight is inexperienced, but has the potential to play a similar role to that of Colvin. He played defensive end in college and was converted to strong-side linebacker. If the Bears don't draft Terrell Suggs with the fourth overall pick then between Knight and Alex Brown the team must hope to pressure the quarterback enough to get by.

Although, if that's the case then the Bears better improve the secondary, which only had nine interceptions.

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