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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Source: Free agent Hawthorne to visit Saints

By Jeff Dickerson

Eventually the Bears need to address their depth at linebacker. One potential solution is free agent linebacker David Hawthorne, who recorded 100-plus tackles in each of the past three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks.

David Hawthorne
David Hawthorne's addition could give the Bears much-needed depth at linebacker.

At 26 years old, Hawthorne could provide the Bears with a linebacker who could play all three spots (MLB, WLB, SLB), plus be the eventual successor in the middle for Brian Urlacher. With Hawthorne in the mix, the Bears would also have an insurance policy in the event Lance Briggs' continues to push for a trade or a new contract.

The free-agent market for linebackers got off to a slow start, but Hawthorne is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints on Friday, per a league source. As many as four teams made inquiries about Hawthorne in the early hours of free agency on Tuesday.

ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright reported on Monday the Bears were one of the teams to express interest in Hawthorne prior to the start of free agency.