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Traylor trailing in battle with Robinson

August 5, 2003

BY BRAD BIGGS STAFF REPORTER Advertisement

BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--The Bears released their first depth chart Monday in advance of the exhibition opener Saturday, and a few revealing evaluations were made clear.

Bryan Robinson, who missed Monday's afternoon practice to have a wisdom tooth removed, is listed as the starter at defensive tackle next to veteran Ted Washington. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache called the running ''real close,'' but Robinson has passed 12-year veteran Keith Traylor.

If the club makes it through the preseason healthy, tackle shapes up to be one of the positions of greatest depth, especially considering the improved play of Alfonso Boone in camp. A decision to keep all three will not come until just before the final roster cutdown because the Bears would be foolish to make a move without guarantees all around, and that would also expand time for any trade discussions. The Washington Redskins are known to be in the market for inside help after showing Dan ''Big Daddy'' Wilkinson they weren't playing chicken last week and waiving him after he refused to accept a renegotiated salary.

Traylor, who turns 34 on Sept. 3, could be in line for a paycut himself, something he said in the spring he would consider in the right situation of what is expected to be his final season. He is scheduled to make $2 million, but as a backup there is no way he would collect that. The lowest his salary could be reduced to is $750,000, which would be a bargain for the club. The Bears already are expected to be about $2 million under the salary cap when the season begins, and a move with Traylor would provide even more flexibility

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Hmmmm...it would not surprise me to see the Bears try to work out a trade with the Skins before cutting him, IF that is what they are planning to do.

We'll get a good look at our defense the next couple of weeks. If Stephen Davis or anyone else is able to run up the gut on us then it would be a no-brainer to give Traylor a look.

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he seems old but confident for at least 1st and 2nd down....

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never mention kenard lang again.....he could've single handedly won us the game against tampa a couple years ago....

rather than jump to deflect a pass he lowered his shoulder to sack him and gave shawn king view of the open TE.

i have the picture.....:finger:

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Yeah Bulldog, I remember us just wishing :) back then when Marty was keeping the money on the down low. Traylor wanted more years, I believe, but Marty was into the fiscal responsibility of let' s see what you got.

Traylor vs Washington, is Traylor still got it, but of course his age can be a factor if leaned on too heavy. He'd do nicely yes on 1st and second or deployed to use up blockers on obvious blitzes.

Washington has slowed, mainly from injuries, father time. He could be good for mentoring process on a team that's really on the big mend, like Detroit or Cincinnati.

We could simply keep him for 2 years and let him back out FA in the 3rd or do a 1 yr, with the incentives tied to the performance or a 2nd offer if he shows he can do another year. Pretty much what we offered Irving Fryer, leaving it up to him to continue, if he did well in yr one.

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I remember playing vs Traylor in college and we all knew he was going to go Pro. Just none of us knew it was going to be as a DT. He was a LB in college.

He was a man amongst boys. He was the next level.

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the other question of course is whether the Bears are going to trade a player to a potential rival for a playoff spot in the NFC or whether they are instead going to deal him to a team like San Diego or Tennessee where Traylor's performances wouldn't come back to haunt them :)

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