Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs is encouraged by the addition of Julius Peppers and the return of Brian Urlacher.
He can even live with the departure of defensive end Alex Brown and cornerback Nathan Vasher.
But Briggs is still hoping for one more player: a veteran safety.
"I am excited with what we have right now. But I still think we need a safety, a veteran safety, to help our defense," Briggs said. "But, to me, I'm excited to work hard and prove ourselves."
Briggs said it's "unfortunate" that Brown and Vasher are gone. But, on a personal level, he's excited for them.
"We've made some moves, and we've made our team better. It's part of the business. You hate to see those guys go, but I'll be happy and proud when I see them do their thing," Briggs said.
Specifically, Briggs said he was looking forward to seeing Brown and Peppers starting opposite one another.
"It would have been a big year for Alex. But, when you sit back and think about it, we do have Israel (Idonije) and Mark Anderson, and you plug Peppers in there with the guys in the interior.
"It's got a chance for something special," he said. "Just bringing Peppers in allows us to do some things."
Urlacher's wrist seems recovered, Briggs said.
"It's good to see everybody," he said.
Finally, Briggs said he's pleased with the elevation of Rod Marinelli as the defensive coordinator.
"I'm pumped. I think Rod is a guy I respect a ton - and we all do," Briggs said. "He's a tough cookie, and I like to say he's a guy who is in the foxhole with you."