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Bears want to retain Nick Roach

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12:57 PM ET 02.27 | The Chicago Bears have underwent a significant facelift this offseason, starting with the ousting of long-time head coach Lovie Smith and the hiring of his replacement, Marc Trestman. Now with free agency only two weeks away, Chicago general manager Phil Emery has some tough decisions to make. One of those conundrums is linebacker Nick Roach, who is ready to hit the open market and is certainly going to command a solid amount of money. According to ESPN.com, Emery would like to keep his 27-year-old playmaker. Roach was an integral part of the Bears defense last season, making 84 tackles and filling in for Brian Urlacher at the inside linebacker position when he was injured. Should Chicago lose Roach, it would be a tough pill to swallow. Without Roach, the Bears will be left with a very old linebacking core that doesn't have a whole lot left in Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Both have been excellent players for long periods of time, but their best years are behind them.

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February 27, 2013  01:21 PM ET

If they're still unsure about Urlacher, keeping Roach around with Lance Brigss wouldn't be a bad idea.

February 27, 2013  02:09 PM ET

We know that Roaches always run fast when the lights come on!

February 27, 2013  05:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

We know that Roaches always run fast when the lights come on!

RAID!!!

February 27, 2013  08:46 PM ET

Always a good idea to have a Roach or two handy....

 
February 28, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Always a good idea to have a Roach or two handy....

And a Roach Clip too!

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