Countdown to free agency: 24 hours

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Unless the Bears are pulling a double reverse on us, the focus of the organization entering free agency will be on re-signing players who have already called Halas Hall home.

But if the Bears are going to look elsewhere for help at a position other than wide receiver, it could be safety.

Asked what was a bigger area of concern, general manager Jerry Angelo identified safety over defensive tackle last week.

Given the fact that we have four pretty good defensive tackles back with Tommie [Harris], Dusty [Dvoracek], we talked about Anthony Adams, we even talked about putting [Israel] Idonije inside as well, I would feel better about that position, Angelo said. “The safety position, maybe theres a little bit more concern there comparatively speaking because you have younger players.

“You have [Brandon] McGowan, you have Kevin Payne back there, obviously Mike Browns still under contract. We feel good about Danieal Manning, but theres more concern there because theyre younger players. But we feel good about the players that we have playing there and we feel good that we can win with these players even if we didnt do anything outside of what we have on the present roster.

The top safety on the market is probably the New York Giants Gibril Wilson. He might be a little too pricey as reports are he is seeking something in the range of $5 million per year. Denver, Jacksonville and Philadelphia are three teams believed to be waiting for a chance to speak with him. After Wilson, other free-agent alternatives could be Cincinnatis Madieu Williams and the New York Jets Erik Coleman. Minnesota may be making a run at Williams, who is a playmaker and could likely help the Bears.

Buckle yourself in. Free agency is 24 hours away and the first 24 hours promise to be furious.

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