The Bears might not be done reworking their offensive line after the trade for guard Dan Buenning last week.
In fact, they made a move for a tackle on Monday only to lose out.
The Bears placed a waiver claim for James Marten, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, but the the third-round pick from 2007 was awarded to the Oakland Raiders, the other team to submit a claim for him.
Dallas had to clear a roster spot to sign a fourth wide receiver, Mike Jefferson, for its game at Cleveland and the team's plan was to add Marten to the practice squad. It's interesting because in choosing to part ways with a high draft pick, the Cowboys kept 11 defensive backs. That gives you an idea of how he had advanced for them. Marten was inactive for every game last season, and spent some time working at guard this summer.
The Bears and general manager Jerry Angelo have always been high on Boston College linemen and have to know Marten well as he played with Josh Beekman. The team met with him prior to the 2007 draft.
"We always would like to improve our ballclub any time we can,'' coach Lovie Smith said Monday when asked if the team was looking for help at tackle. "But right now, this is what we have and this has been good enough to win."
The club has had an outstanding one-year offer to veteran Fred Miller and that front has been quiet.
What's interesting, and we don't know this, is where the Bears would have trimmed to add Marten had they been awarded him. A defensive back took a hit when Buenning arrived with Zack Bowman getting waived. To make room for another lineman, the best guess is it would have meant trimming a wide receiver or linebacker.