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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Bears lose out on Saints tackle Bushrod

By Michael C. Wright

Waiting around hasn’t exactly paid dividends for the Bears in their pursuit of unrestricted free agents.

The Bears missed out on free-agent targets such as linebacker Justin Durant, and defensive end Jason Babin on Wednesday, only to watch arguably their top target -- Saints offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod -- agree to a two-year deal Thursday to sign with his former team as reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Actually, the Bears expected Bushrod to be a heavily-pursued prospect, and also knew the Saints would work hard to re-sign him.

That’s why the club made contingency plans to pursue other linemen such as Steelers tackle Willie Colon, among others.

This is getting interesting. So everyone, please stay tuned.