When free agency gets under way, there is going to be a run for talent in the NFL. But when the lockout ends and practice facilities open, teams will have 72 hours to try and retain their own free agents before free agency opens. The Bears figure to be busy during those 72 hours, as they have plenty of free agents that they want to retain. Here are some of them:
Olin Kreutz(C): 13-year veteran. Spent all 13 years with the Bears. Has manned the center position since 1999 and hasnt missed a game since 2003. 2 time Pro Bowler.
Brad Maynard(P): 14-year veteran. Came to the Bears in 2001 after four years with the Giants, and has been here for the ten years since. One of the best, if not the best, at punts inside the 20.
Danieal Manning(SS/Kick Returner) 5-year veteran. All 5 years with the Bears who drafted him in 2006. Over those 5 years, he has played in 77 games starting 56 of the 77. Has recorded 278 tackles with 2 sacks, 24 passes defended, 7 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles. But his real value is on special teams. Took over on kick returns for Devin Hester midway through the 2008 season and lead the league in kickoff return yards from that point on while ranking among the league leaders the next 2 years.
Pisa Tinoisamoa(LB) 8-year veteran. Spent his first six years as a solid linebacker with the Rams before the Bears signed him in 2009. Played in just 2 games that year due to a knee injury, but the Bears still decided to re-sign him. In 2010, played in 12 games, starting 10 of them. In '10 recorded 33 tackles(40 total) with 1 sack, 1 pass defended, and 1 forced fumble.