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Giants FA guard Boothe on Bears' radar

3/12/2013
Kevin Boothe made a career-high 16 starts for the Giants last season. AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance

While talks continue to swirl surrounding the Chicago Bears' pursuit of a free agent offensive tackle, the club remains in the market for help at offensive guard.

ESPNChicago.com reported last week the Bears had interest in New York Jets veteran Brandon Moore, arguably the third-best guard in the 2013 free agent class.

Another name to add to the Bears’ list is New York Giants guard Kevin Boothe, who is considering several options including the Bears, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Boothe made a career-high 16 starts for the Giants last season after spending the majority of his six-year career as a reserve/part-time starter. Boothe started 14 games for the Oakland Raiders his rookie year in 2006.

The Bears need help on the inside of their offensive line with veteran Chris Spencer expected to depart in free agency and Lance Louis, also an unrestricted free agent, is recovering from an ACL injury that ended his 2012 campaign prematurely. Second-year guard James Brown showed promise as a rookie and should be in the mix for a roster spot again this summer.

According to league sources, the Bears made it known early in the offseason they would not be players for high-priced free agent guards Andy Levitre or Louis Vasquez due to salary concerns. Levitre reportedly signed with the Tennessee Titans and Vasquez landed with the Denver Broncos within the first hour of the new league year.