Angelo: Bears might consider Faneca

Updated: April 24, 2010, 8:28 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bears general manager Jerry Angelo left open the possibility of pursuing veteran offensive guard Alan Faneca, who was released by the New York Jets Saturday.

"Who would not consider Alan Faneca if you had a need at the offensive line?" Angelo said Saturday. "We'll look into some things like we did before the draft. We looked into Rob Sims, we looked into a couple of other guys and it didn't work out."

"We'll continue to look. We do like the players that we have there. I think [Bears offensive line] coach [Mike] Tice has told us in our meetings that he's comfortable with our line, but again, we'll continue to look."

Faneca, 33, signed a lucrative five-year contract with the Jets in 2008, but became expendable due to a combination of age and New York's selection of offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse in the second round. The veteran was set to earn $7.5 million in 2010, although $5.25 million of his salary is guaranteed.

The Bears are still in the market for help at guard. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz revealed earlier in the week Frank Omiyale has moved outside to right tackle, leaving Josh Beekman, Lance Louis and Johan Asiata to battle it out at left guard.

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