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Two playmakers to consider

St. Louis Rams safety O.J. Atogwe has 19 interceptions in five NFL seasons. G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images

CHICAGO -- We've seen some big names potentially linked to the Chicago Bears in the last few days, and even though it's unlikely most will end up in Chicago, here are two more intriguing possibilities recently in the news.

  • O.J. Atogwe, FS, St. Louis Rams: Just because the Rams are reportedly considering placing the lowest possible tender on Atogwe [right of first refusal] doesn't mean St. Louis wants to lose their star safety. However, it would make it much easier for other teams to offer Atogwe a contract [a deal the Rams could match], since the tender in question does not require any compensation in return. For the Bears, this is significant, because right now they don't have a first- or second-round pick in the 2010 draft. Atogwe has 19 interceptions in only five seasons, and is the ideal type of playmaker the Bears are looking for at free safety. There likely would be a bunch of teams interested in making a bid for Atogwe, but can a team as bad as the Rams really afford to let one of their few good players go?

  • Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Here we go again with Boldin. Mike Lombardi of the National Football Post reported Wednesday that Arizona is looking for a third-round pick in exchange for Boldin. The caveat being, of course, any team that signs Boldin must pony up huge dough in a new contract. The Bears were in draft day discussions with the Cardinals last year for Boldin, they have a third-round pick, and they have plenty of money to spend. Not to mention, despite all this rhetoric about not needing to add a veteran wide receiver, it might be a good idea to add at least one experienced body to that meeting room, since word has it Mike Martz's formation sheet is more complex than advanced calculus. And that's just the formation sheet. Wait until the Bears get around to actually putting out the playbook.If the Cardinals are seriously asking for a third-round pick, isn't Boldin worth investigating for a second consecutive year?