Phase two

April is a month known for the draft and that's where the Bears have turned their attention. However, lets take a look back at the teams free agent comings and goings as well as their draft needs.
April 4, 2003

Secondary Summary

The Bears have talent in the secondary, but overall they are thin past their starters. Adding depth is something the team needs to examine.
March 4, 2003

Off-season analysis- Secondary

The Bears only produced nine interceptions as a team in 2002, which was tied for the fewest in the NFL. Injuries had a lot to do with the lack of production, but there were other factors involved.
March 4, 2003

Restricted gamble

The Bears lost D'Wayne Bates and overpaid to keep <!--Default NodeId For Warrick Holdman is 292210,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292210]>Warrick Holdman</A> in the restricted free agent market in 2002. This year the team is taking a similar chance.
February 28, 2003

Free agent analysis

<!--Default NodeId For Todd McMillon is 292229,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292229]>Todd McMillon</A> finished the year on Injured Reserve following thumb surgery. He spent time as the nickel and dime cornerback rotating with <!--Default NodeId For Reggie Austin is 292179,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292179]>Reggie Austin</A>.
January 24, 2003

Bad bounce

The Bears jumped out to a 20-point lead against the Saints and looked to be well on their way to starting the season 3-0. However, a misplayed kickoff seemed to turn around the game and the rest of the year.
January 23, 2003

Free agent analysis

<!--Default NodeId For Reggie Austin is 292179,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292179]>Reggie Austin</A> played one snap over his first two years with the Bears. However, the cornerback was counted on far more in 2002 because of free agency and injury.
January 20, 2003