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McGowan wasn't in Chicago's plans

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Chicago is far from set at the safety position, but the Bears didn't seem to have any interest in bringing former starter Brandon McGowan back for depth purposes. McGowan agreed Tuesday with New England on a two-year contract, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

McGowan opened last season as the Bears' nickel back but missed the final 14 games after dislocating his left ankle. He has since recovered, and after bidding farewell to veteran Mike Brown, the Bears have at least one open starting safety job. It does not appear they considered McGowan an option, however.

During rookie minicamp last week, coach Lovie Smith floated the possibility of moving cornerback Corey Graham to safety if veteran Nate Vasher returns to form. That arrangement would still leave the Bears needing a nickel back, but either Danieal Manning or rookie D.J. Moore could fit into that role. Regardless, it's clear that McGowan did not.