Anthony Adams content with Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- There seems little doubt veteran defensive tackle Anthony Adams would prefer to re-sign with the Chicago Bears once free agency officially begins.

And it appears the feeling is mutual.

"I love it here [Chicago]," Adams said Tuesday after receiving the 2010 Brian Piccolo Award at Halas Hall. "My kids were born here, we were just one game away from the Super Bowl and I got a good rapport with all my teammates. There are no big egos here on this team. I love the coaching staff, the training staff, [strength and conditioning coach] Rusty Jones does a great job with everything. It's just a great fit for me. I fit well within the scheme and I love it here. I'm from Detroit, so I'm a Midwest guy, so I love being here.

"I'm just trying to get what I'm worth. That's it."

Bears coach Lovie Smith said the Bears wanted to sign Adams before the NFL lockout.

"Anthony has done an awful lot," Smith said. "He does so much. But there is a process you go through. He is a free agent right now, so we'll just let the process play out, but I think Anthony knows how we feel about him.

"We wanted to sign Anthony before all of this [labor unrest] happened. You look and you see how much a player has played for us, and I think that tells you how much we like them."

Even though the Bears released Tommie Harris, the cupboard isn't entirely bare at defensive tackle. The Bears signed Matt Toeaina to a contract extension before the end of last season. Smith is known to be high on 2009 fourth round selection Henry Melton and the organization hasn't given up yet on Marcus Harrison.

Plus, the Bears might select a defensive tackle at some point in the 2011 NFL Draft -- especially since Bears general manager Jerry Angelo always puts on premium on the defensive line position -- or sign another veteran in free agency, or maybe do both.

But it sounds like if the contract numbers are fair, one of the roster spots next fall on defensive tackle has been earmarked for Adams.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.