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Bears badly need a playmaking safety

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

It's looking more and more as though the Bears might take a safety-first approach in the draft. "They really need a ball athlete at the position who can make plays consistently, which they haven't had since Mike Brown when he was healthy," one team insider said of the Bears' unstable safety situation. (The team made 11 changes at safety in 2009.) It's really hard to predict who among the Bears' current safeties might be starting in 2010. Danieal Manning, arguably the best athlete on the team, is expected to compete for the starting SS job after having shifted among both safety positions and the nickel back spot last season and never appearing comfortable at any of them. Manning also isn't very comfortable with his contract status at the moment and is unlikely to attend the start of the Bears' offseason workout program after being tendered at the original-round level. Among the other safeties, Josh Bullocks, who was recently re-signed, looks like he might have a slight upper hand.


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