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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Is Faneca a match for the Bears?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

The New York Jets just released Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca. Chicago recently moved left guard Frank Omiyale to right tackle. The Bears have no obvious replacement. Could Faneca come into play?

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That’s the question the Bears are no doubt considering as the draft winds down Saturday. Faneca, 33, might not be at the height of his career but is clearly an upgrade over the Bears’ current personnel. Still, I don’t think it’s a slam-dunk the Bears will pursue him.

First, the Bears took a similar approach last season by signing veteran left tackle Orlando Pace, whose skill slippage was clear from the start of last season. It took the Bears a while to get him out of the lineup, however, and they will have to make sure Faneca wouldn’t put them in the same position.

Second, the Bears have hired an offensive line coach in Mike Tice who excels at developing young players. It’s possible they will want to give Tice a chance to work with Josh Beekman and Lance Louis, among others, before deciding to plug in a veteran. Stay tuned.