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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Jones might not fit

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

One of the most consistent questions I've been getting this week, even on our new and wildly successful Facebook page, has been whether Chicago might pursue free-agent receiver Matt Jones.

(Jones was released by Jacksonville after he violated a court-mandated drug program. He was fined but will not be suspended by the NFL.)

Based on the words of general manager Jerry Angelo, I wouldn't expect the Bears to make a quick move. According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Angelo sounded pretty neutral on the topic.

"He was a first-round draft pick and he is a very talented player," Angelo said, "but it's case by case. We're not quick to move on any player."

Angelo also said:

"Guys make mistakes, move on and become better people. Some guys have patterns of bad behavior and continue to have those patterns. I'm not saying that about Matt Jones. What I'm saying is we have to do our homework. And then you have to look at what value that person brings to your football team irrelevant of his off-the-field issues."

A more relevant name might be free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress. I'm not saying the Bears are a lock to pursue him, either. But if you're going to take a character risk, you want to have a good chance for a high reward. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times examines the Burress possibility.

Continuing around the NFC North: