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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Black and Blue all over: No Holt in Chicago

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

There was plenty of clamoring for Chicago to pursue free agent receiver Torry Holt in the days following its acquisition of quarterback Jay Cutler. New left tackle Orlando Pace, among others, reportedly reached out to Holt in hopes of luring his former teammate to the Bears.

But as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times notes, Chicago's front office simply never showed any interest in Holt. He signed Monday with Jacksonville after also considering Tennessee.

Holt's three-year, $20 million deal is a pretty penny for a 32-year-old receiver, and a reasonable person could argue against paying him that sum. Nevertheless, the decision still leaves the Bears with an undermanned receiving corps for their new quarterback and limited prospects for immediate impact in the draft.

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