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Re-Signing DT Adams a Priority for the Bears

John Mullin of CSNChicago reports Defensive tackle Anthony Adams receives the Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday. The 2009 winner was defensive end Israel Idonije, one of the three finalists this year for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year.

What the Bears would like very much to happen next is Adams re-signing with the team. How soon or not that might happen will start playing out in a Minnesota courtroom Wednesday when the lawsuit under the names of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and other notables comes before Judge Susan Nelson.

If the Judge rules in favor of the players, followed by a big “if” in the form of an appeal by the NFL, the league year would officially begin, meaning open season on signings, like Adams, the nose tackle anchor of a very good defensive front. And for all the attention being paid to other positions on the defense – three-technique, linebacker, cornerback – if the Bears can’t bring Adams back somehow, they have a significant gap to fill that they hadn’t planned on.

Adams started all 16 games last year and played all 16 the year before at perhaps the single most high-impact on the defense. The Bears have Henry Melton set to replace Tommie Harris but, with apologies to Matt Toeaina, who’s not the presence Adams is and has played more three-technique, they don’t have anyone at Adams’ level in the pipeline.

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