Lucas visiting the Bears, too

March, 30, 2009
3/30/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

It's turned out to be a busy day at Chicago's Halas Hall practice facility. Not only has free agent offensive lineman Orlando Pace visited, but the Bears are also hosting free agent cornerback Ken Lucas. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times has the story.

Carolina released Lucas this winter for salary-cap reasons. He's been a solid cover man throughout his career with the Panthers and in Seattle, and you would think he'd be the top candidate to start opposite Charles Tillman if he is signed. Currently, that position is manned by Corey Graham and Nate Vasher.

The clock is ticking on both Lucas and Pace. Typically, NFL teams suspend their free agent evaluations at some point as the draft approaches. Then they resume negotiations after determining their remaining needs after the draft.

The Bears have been pretty quiet thus far in the free agent market, but it's starting to be bargain time. Plugging two holes, at least in the short-term, would help them focus their draft strategy considerably.

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