Fri Aug 01 08:38am EDT
The Chicago Bears feel good enough about their biggest question mark on defense not to pursue free-agent safety John Lynch, who mutually parted ways with the Denver Broncos this week. The 36-year-old Hinsdale native is on good terms with Bears coach Lovie Smith from their days together in Tampa Bay, but Smith doesn't envision a reunion. Backing up Mike Brown and Brandon McGowan right now are youngsters Kevin Payne, Craig Steltz, Josh Gattis and Leonard Peters. They've combined for one start, by Payne.
''We're OK right now with what we have,'' Smith said. ''I think the world of John Lynch. You're talking about a player who plays the same way always. One of the toughest guys you'll be around. But we're going in a different direction. We have healthy guys that we feel pretty good about.''
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