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Updated: March 5, 2004, 12:19 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Chicago Bears: The club wants RT John Tait in the worst way. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have structured a front-loaded offer that will include a sizable signing bonus and a high salary in at least the first two years of the contract. In a best-case scenario for the Bears, the Chiefs, who are les than $6 million below the cap, will refuse to match. If they aren't successful in acquiring Tait, they could turn their attention to Miami DE Adewale Ogunleye. The Tribune reports the Bears are one of four teams interested in the restricted free agent.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is moving closer to adding RB Duce Staley. Staley extended his visit to Tampa on Thursday and is apparently so enamored with playing for Gruden that he might cancel plans to visit other teams and sign with the Bucs. "Duce has had a really great visit there, and he's really excited about Jon Gruden and his potential role in Tampa's offense," agent Leigh Steinberg told the Tamnpa Tribune. "We had scheduled a trip to Pittsburgh for next Monday and Tuesday, but now we may wait to see what develops [in Tampa] over the next two days."

San Diego Chargers: When the team signed LB Steve Foley it signaled the beginning San Diego's transformation to a 3-4 defensive alignment. It's not really a surprise considering new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips prefers that scheme. "We felt it was important, Wade and I and the staff, to get started on this defensive transition into the 3-4 and Steve's got considerable background," coach Marty Schottenheimer told the North County Times. "He played in the 3-4 for a couple of years in Cincinnati and, of course, last year with the Texans." Actually, the start of the process occurred earlier in the week when DEs Marcellus Wiley and Raylee Johnson were released.