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Ogunleye sees why Bears made a move to get Adams
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff

Defensive end Gaines Adams will get a chance to play Sunday for the Bears after they obtained him in a trade last week with Tampa Bay.


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Published: 10/23/2009 4:26 PM

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Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye doesn't believe the Bears need any help at his position, but he believes the trade for defensive end Gaines Adams makes sense from a business (and a politically correct) perspective.

"As a player, I didn't think we had any need for this year at defensive end," Ogunleye said. "But if you look at the future, Mark (Anderson) is a free agent (at the end of the season), and I'm a free agent. It's a smart move. They handle the business upstairs first and that's the way it is, it's a business move."

Adams will get his first playing time Sunday for the Bears in Cincinnati, but for the immediate future it's doubtful that he will take significant playing time away from Ogunleye or right end Alex Brown. But if Adams, the fourth overall pick in 2007, plays close to expectations, he could be a less expensive alternative to Ogunleye after this season.

"It's a part of life," said Ogunleye, who leads the Bears with 41/2 sacks. "You do think about that kind of stuff before the season. But, as soon as the season starts, it's my goal to just focus on my play on the field, and I think if I continue to play well, then I'll control my own destiny.

"I love Chicago, I would love to be here, but at the same time I've got to continue to play well."

Ogunleye said he likes what he has seen from Adams so far.

"He's got a lot of talent," Ogunleye said. "He's a little raw. (Working) with (defensive line) coach (Rod) Marinelli is going to help him out a lot, and (playing) with me and Alex it's going to help him out a lot, getting his steps right and just the way he plays the game, and his awareness. Management did well getting him in here."

He said, Ced said: Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner took exception to Cedric Benson's claim that offensive coaches didn't have his back during his three up-and-down seasons with the Bears

"I don't see it that way, at least from myself," Turner said. "I tried to support him, I liked him and wanted him to do well. I tried to get him to do well, and I'm not surprised by the success that he's had. But I don't like hearing that.

"I've got a lot of respect for Cedric. Cedric's got a lot of talent. He's a good guy, and I'm happy he's having success. He has a lot of good qualities."

Almost full strength: In addition to defensive tackle, running back Adrian Peterson (knee) did not practice Friday, and is listed as "doubtful," and not expected to play.

Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (rib), defensive lineman Israel Idonije (knee), safeties Josh Bullocks (ankle) and Kevin Payne (toe) and cornerback/safety Corey Graham (ankle) are all "probable," after full practices Friday.