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Bears likely to tender DT Collins

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 10:15 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — The Chicago Bears are expected to tender an offer to defensive tackle Nate Collins, who is a restricted free agent.

The Bears have until March 12 – the start of the new league year – to secure Collins with a tender that would be worth $1.33 million. Tenders for RFA’s are not guaranteed.

Collins worked his way into the rotation last season and played well at times. He was active for only nine games but got 241 snaps on defense, meaning he was on the field 22.9 percent of the time. That meant he was on the field for nearly 27 plays per game in the nine games.

Collins, 25, was credited with 13 tackles, three quarterback pressures and one tackle for loss. Of the nine defensive linemen that finished the season on the roster, three are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents – end/tackle Israel Idonije and tackles Henry Melton and Amobi Okoye.

Okoye, the former first-round pick of the Houston Texans, had two stints on the roster and also appeared in nine games, getting 229 snaps. He made 11 tackles with one sack, two quarterback pressures and one tackle for loss.

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