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Keeping track of some free agent pickups the Bears may have their eye on or at least have had their names linked to.

MARION BARBER III

On Tuesday, Barber's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he's open to dealing with the Cowboys but also understands several teams could be interested as well.

"I'm sure I'll see the Cowboys at the Senior Bowl and the combine, and we have plenty of time to talk about this," Rosenhaus said.

Really the question is is MB II worth a first or a second to you?  If he is bring him in and offer him a big time deal.  If you get him, you are ready to roll, if the Cowboys decide to match at least you set their cap space back a little.

ALAN FANECA

Faneca becomes an unrestricted free agent Feb. 29, and while the Steelers plan to talk to his agent before then, even director of football operations Kevin Colbert noted Monday that "the price most likely has gone up."

Still, Roethlisberger made his pitch to management that they try to keep his All-Pro guard, who has been a linchpin of the offensive line for a decade.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Roethlisberger said yesterday. "That's hard for me, there could be an outlying story, something here or there I don't know about. But they do know how I feel about it. They know how valuable he is."

Some think he is aging, some think he will be a big pickup, but sources have said that the Bears are definitely interested in at least talking to him.  The also have first day drafted linebacker Michael Okwo.

DHANI JONES

The Bengals have made the same contract offer to linebackers Landon Johnson and Dhani Jones, both of whom are eligible for unrestricted free agency beginning Feb. 29.

Terms were not available.

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Jones, a free agent signed in September by the Bengals, is an eight-year veteran who will turn 30 on Feb. 22.

Jones name has not been linked to the Bears anywhere I have seen other than on WCG.  He is probably the least likely of these three the Bears would look at.  Management sounds pretty confident in Jamar Williams to take over at the Will linebacker should Lance Briggs find his fortune elsewhere.