The Bears reportedly have their sights on Jaguars free agent linebacker Justin Durant to fill their strong-side linebacker vacancy next to Pro Bowlers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
Durant’s rookie year notwithstanding, he’s consistently been among Jacksonville’s team leaders in tackles, finishing fourth on the team last year, second in 2009, and third in 2008. One drawback could be his durability as he’s never played a full season in his four-year career. Still, he’s a solid linebacker who would add strength to a position that consistently has been strong in the Lovie Smith era. His best years are clearly ahead of him, especially if he lands with a defensive-oriented team like the Bears.
The Bears could be in a bidding battle for his services as division rival Detroit has him on their radar, too.
The team intends on re-signing Nick Roach at the right price and could entertain the thought of bringing back Pisa Tinoisamoa, if necessary. Rookie sixth-round pick J.T. Thomas reportedly agreed to terms with the team and will sign soon.
There should be plenty of competition at the linebacker position and you can expect it to be a strength of the team once again.