Bears exploring options with veteran linebackers

The Chicago Bears went through last season without much experience behind their starters at linebacker.

From the looks of things, the team is intent on finding another veteran that could potentially compete with Nick Roach on the strong side or be a reserve at multiple positions behind the starters, that include Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.

The Bears have had five veterans in for a workout, the most notable name being Rocky McIntosh, the former Washington Redskin who Bears coach Lovie Smith has been high on since he entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 2006.</p>

While McIntosh has a track record for durability, he is 29 and the other options the team explored are younger with less mileage. The Bears also kicked the tires on Zac Diles, a versatile veteran with experience as a starter from his days with the Texans. Former Buccaneers starter Geno Hayes and journeymen Gerris Wilkinson and Bryan Kehl were also in the mix.

We’ll see if the Bears make a move with a week to go until the start of the draft. Adding a linebacker could give general manager Phil Emery a little more flexibility when it comes to the draft. But at some point, the Bears are going to need to add some young talent to the position.

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