Jerry Angelo couldn't talk about specific players. That would be tampering. But you can bet he was asked about the possibility of signing free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers just the same when he met with reporters at the NFL Combine on Friday.
"It just depends again on the player," The Bears general manager said when asked whether the team would to "hog wild" in free agency. That was the term team president Ted Phillips used last week, his point being the Bears wouldn't go crazy and overspend.
"We've determined what our needs are," Angelo continued. "We've determined what positions we want to create competition at so we'll go from there and we'll determine based on who the players are how aggressive we want to be. We've done that every year we've been here. Some years we've maybe felt like we really had a need and were a hostage to the position and did whatever it took and so be it. Some years we targeted potential players if they came available. Muhsin Muhammad was one. We said we'd make a run at it. He was waived and we were able to do that. Again, it's determined by the player. We have the resources to do what we need to do. We continue to go through the evaluations of potential players who are going to be out there."
Angelo said the prospect of an uncapped year as a result of the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement won't impact the team's free-agent budget.