THREE AND OUT

Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT -

1 Bron­cos re­union?

Last off­sea­son, coach John Fox brought with him only one for­mer Den­ver Bron­cos player: cen­ter Will Mont­gomery. In Year 2, would he dare plun­der his for­mer team?

Two mem­bers of the Bron­cos’ Su­per Bowl- dom­i­nat­ing de­fense are prized un­re­stricted free agents: de­fen­sive end Malik Jack­son and in­side linebacker Danny Tre­vathan.

Jack­son fig­ures to draw $ 12- 15 mil­lion per year as the best avail­able pass­rush­ing end avail­able. Tre­vathan, though, of­fers what the Bears sorely need: a speedy middle linebacker who is solid in pass cov­er­age. He ad­mit­ted dur­ing Su­per Bowl week he would be in­trigued by a Fox re­union.

‘‘ Coach Fox is one of the guys who gave me an op­por­tu­nity to show­case how I can fit in any scheme,’’ he said. ‘‘ I’m sure it’ll be there. I’m sure we’ll end up talk­ing.’’

2 Fam­ily plan

Two years ago, the Bears were in­trigued by the idea of pair­ing Seat­tle Sea­hawks free agent Michael Ben­nett with his brother, Martel­lus. Would they con­sider a Long fam­ily re­union? The Los An­ge­les Rams cut de­fen­sive end Chris, the older brother of Bears Pro Bowler Kyle, last month. At 31, Chris Long is prob­a­bly a bet­ter 4- 3 end, how­ever.

The Bears seem more likely to turn to Mis­souri’s re­main­ing foot­ball team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Cor­ner­back Sean Smith, de­fen­sive line­man Jaye Howard, linebacker Derrick John­son and edge rusher Tamba Hali are all free agents.

The Bears have glar­ing needs at the first three spots and could al­ways use an­other edge rusher. Howard, who’s 26, could be a steal. Two years re­moved from play­ing only 53 snaps, he started all 16 games for the Chiefs at all three de­fen­sive line spots.

3 Feel­ing a draft

The Bears can take com­fort if they’re un­able to land two start­ing de­fen­sive ends dur­ing free agency.

‘‘ It’s a de­fen­sive draft,’’ NFL Net­work an­a­lyst Mike May­ock said. ‘‘ Best in­te­rior de­fen­sive line I’ve seen maybe since I’ve started do­ing this.’’

In a 3- 4 scheme, the Bears can play col­lege in­te­rior line­men at end.

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