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Bears not interested in veteran safety Lynch

Brett Favre is not the only future Hall of Famer who doesn’t look to be welcomed by the Bears.

They do not have interest in adding veteran safety John Lynch, who mutually parted ways with the Denver Broncos. Lynch and Bears coach Lovie Smith have a close relationship dating back to their days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but Smith said he’s not looking for a reunion with Lynch. The 16-year veteran has said he will need a perfect situation to continue playing.

That opportunity will not come here even though the Bears have more questions at safety than any other position on defense.

“We’re OK right now with what we have,” Smith said. “I think the world of John Lynch. You’re talking about a player who plays the same way always. One of the toughest guys you’ll be around. But we’re going in a different direction.”

Free safety Mike Brown has held up so far but getting through camp has never been a problem for him. He’s missed 43 regular-season games over the last four seasons. Strong safety Brandon McGowan also has an injury history and behind them are unproven young players such as Kevin Payne, Craig Steltz, Josh Gattis and Leonard Peters. Danieal Manning could figure into the equation if needed. In other words, once again the Bears are counting on Brown to stay healthy.

“We have healthy guys that we feel pretty good about,” Smith said. “I like talking about John Lynch whenever I can though.”