Hook 'em? Bears look to Texas for competition for Benson

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Tim Spencers trip South to meet with Tulane running back Matt Forte wasnt the only business he knocked out.

A representative for Texas running back Jamaal Charles said he worked out for Spencer, the running backs coach, Wednesday in Austin. Spencer hooked up with Forte Thursday in New Orleans.

Charles is considered a likely second-round pick and could be someone the Bears target with the 44th overall selection. He replaced Cedric Benson for the Longhorns and after three seasons only Ricky Williams, Benson and Earl Campbell are ahead of him on the career rushing list.

Could general manager Jerry Angelo look to push an ex-Longhorn with another Longhorn?

That leaves Charles, Forte and Arkansas Felix Jones as potential second- or third-round picks the team has explored in recent weeks. At least ones we have found out about.

*** The Bears were not present for the workout of Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon on Thursday. Dixon is 3 1/2 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL. The team did recently attend a workout for Ducks wide receiver Cameron Colvin, who is also returning from serious injury, a broken ankle.

Word is the Bears have some interest in DIxon, however, and have also made inquiries about his backup Brady Leaf, the younger brother of former No. 2 overall bust Ryan Leaf. Thats leaving no stone unturned.

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