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Bears announce tenders

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The Bears tendered one-year offers to Mark Anderson, Josh Bullocks, Danieal Manning, Nick Roach and Jamar Williams.

The Bears have the opportunity to match all offers made to any of the five players or receive draft compensation.

The Bears also tendered one-year offers to the following three exclusive rights free agents: running back Kahlil Bell, linebacker Tim Shaw and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina. Other NFL clubs cannot extend offers to exclusive rights free agents.

The club did not announce the level of tenders for their restricted free agents. But Anderson and Roach received second-round tenders while the remaining players received original round tenders.

The Bears would receive third-round picks for Bullocks and Manning because they were originally second-round picks. The collective bargaining agreement mandates that a club upgrade the round of restricted free agent, meaning the Bears would have had to place a first-round tender on Manning and Bullocks.

By choosing not to -- and saving money -- the Bears would receive a third-round pick if clubs sign away those players.

The Bears would receive a fourth-round pick if Williams is signed away.

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The Bears need to bring defensive end Mark Anderson back, even if a guy like Julius Peppers is brought in. If for nothing else, they need the bodies at the position right now. Alex Brown is the only legit starting DE currently on the roster. You gotta have three starting caliber DE's if you want to compete in todays NFL. I say resign Anderson, you got Alex Brown, and bring in Julius Peppers. That would give the Bears three legit ends to work with on game day.

I'd also like to see linebackers Nick Roach and Tim Shaw brought back for next season. Shaw because he is a beast on special teams, he led the NFL with 20 some tackles on special team even though he didn't join the team until week 2. And Roach because he makes a lot of plays from his strongside linebacker position. Roach is young, and obviously better than Jamar Williams, theres a reason he's started over Williams the past couple seasons. Roach needs to be signed over Pisa Tinoisamoa also because of Tinoisamoa's durability problems. I'd still like to see Jamar Williams brought back however, he's a great second option for the will linebacker position, he adds nice depth to the Bears linebacking core.

I'd bring back Kahlil Bell also, you got Forte, the Bears are probably gonna sign someone else, but you still need a third back. I'd take Bell over Peterson, Wolfe, and Kevin Jones. Jones is the Tinoisamoa of the running backs. He's not a bad option on game day, but the problem is, getting him there on game day. Bell is younger and has more upside than Peterson, Wolfe, and Jones.

As far as Manning, Bullocks, and Toeaina go, the team could get by without them GO BEARS!!

By giving them low compensation they are all but telling them to go away. Manning is only good returning kicks and might make that his job to make a roster. He isn't a good DB. He's like a Ricky Manning Jr type who needs a team willing to pay for their potential. They want to see if the players can get a contract they think is worth what they think they are.

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