Bears general manager Jerry Angelo didn't shut down the possibility of signing nine-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca.
Faneca, 33, reportedly was released today because he refused to take a pay cut and because the New York Jets drafted guard Vladimir Ducasse in the second round.
"I don't know who would not consider Alan Faneca, if you had a need at the offensive line," Angelo said. "Again, we'll look into some things, like we did before the draft."
He was referring to Rob Sims, the guard who eventually was traded to the Detroit Lions. The Bears were among the teams interested in acquiring him in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bears offensive line is clearly a concern after the improvements made around the NFC North, most notably the Detroit Lions selection of Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick. The Green Bay Packers have a solid unit, and the Minnesota Vikings have arguably one of the best in the league, featuring three Pro Bowl linemen.
Faneca's skill has diminished, which is one of the reasons the Jets released him. The Bears may be stinging from their gamble on Orlando Pace, another highly decorated offensive lineman who didn't pan out. But, if they believe Faneca can improve their unit, then they should make a push to sign him.
Angelo also didn't close the door on signing a veteran quarterback, even after taking Dan LeFevour in the sixth round. The Bears already have Jay Cutler, Brett Basanez and Caleb Hanie on the roster.