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Q: I've been following various free agent trackers online and New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore continues to appear as a restricted free agent. Last year, on a team with multiple weapons, he caught 80  passes and thus would seem to have proven value. One Web site said it probably would take a second-round pick to get him, which led me to think, "What team needs a wide receiver and seems about to spend a second-round pick on an unproven kid just out of college?" Have the Bears pursued Moore at all?
John B., Parts Unknown
A: Friday is the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets, and it would take more than a second-round pick to land Moore. It would take a lot of money too. The Saints tendered him a $1.545 million contract and will receive a second-round pick as compensation if they decline to match an offer to him. Given Moore's value to the Saints, as you pointed out, it's fair to assume that they would strongly consider matching an offer.
Moore is an undersized guy at 5-9 who is unlikely to be a No. 1 wide receiver. He piled up big numbers, although he didn't get 1,000 yards, in the most pass-happy offense in the league. The Bears need to seek a No. 1 wide receiver because it's unlikely Devin Hester is ever going to truly fit that role. I don't see Moore being that guy either even if he'd be the best receiver on the roster right now. Bottom line, it's not as simple as forking over a second-round pick for Moore.
Q: What happened with the diuretics situation with the Williams Wall? By my count the fact that their appeal was in limbo for so long let them keep their defensive tackles playing in enough games to take them to the postseason, not to mention if they would have been suspended the Bears likely would have won against Minnesota late in the season (remember Minnesota's goalline stand that then turned into a 99-yard Bernard Berrian touchdown).I know that the decision was supposed to be pushed off until later but I don't remember hearing if it was ever resolved or not.
Raymond H., Parts Unknown
A: Kevin Williams will go to trail June 15 for his case, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He remains adamant that he and Pat Williams will be ready to roll when the season begins. One would think it will be solved well before it matters most to the Bears. They don't play the Vikings until Nov. 29. As for that goalline stand ... some better play calling would have punched the ball in from the one-yard line.
Q: Do all NFC North teams have to play the same opponents outside the division? How does Green Bay's, Minnesota's, and Detroit's schedules rank in difficulty with the Bears?
Bob Smith, Parts Unknown
A: No, the schedules are not identical. The division teams play each other twice and then share eight common opponents. This year, those eight common opponents are the teams from the AFC North and NFC West. Two games for each team are based on the standings from last season. The NFC North teams play the corresponding finisher in the NFC East and NFC South. That means the teams have the following games this season:
1st Minnesota--Carolina and New York Giants
2nd Bears--Atlanta and Philadelphia
3rd Green Bay--Dallas and Tampa Bay
4th Detroit--New Orleans and Washington
Q: What kind of money is the Bears' first pick going to cost them in the draft this year now that they are out of the first round? That is one of the beauties of the Jay Cutler trade not being discussed. The Bears will not waste millions on a pick in the first round that will not pan out.
Keith L., Peoria
A: The contract of Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson is the best gauge for what the Bears will have to pay the 49th overall selection. Jackson was in that slot last year and he received a $3.058 million, four-year contract. If the Bears could find that kind of wide receiver in that slot, he would be worth every penny.
Thanks for all of the participation and thanks as always for reading. We'll check in with another Q&A on Thursday.