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During the offseason, the Bears re-signed veteran defensive end Israel Idonije as well as drafting another end in Shea McClellin. With their stability at the defensive end position, the Bears released veteran defensive tackle Anthony Adams, failed to re-up with Amobi Okoye and left many to believe the Bears would look for a defensive tackle in the draft.
Seven rounds came and went, and the Bears seemed content with the defensive tackles on the roster: Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, and Matt Toeiana. Before the start of mini-camps, the Bears brought in two veterans, John McCargo and DeMario Pressley, but neither are expected to be much more than depth.
Despite Melton's productive 2011 season, little is known about what the Bears will be able to get out of both Paea and Toeiana. Despite not being the presence he once was, Anthony Adams was a terrific run-stopper and the Bears will likely struggle up the middle without him or Okoye.
If Paea can live up to being a former second round pick and combine with Melton's ability to get to the quarterback, they have the potential to become a very good defensive tackle tandem in the league, but being one of the most demanding positions on the field, the Bears need to find solid depth behind them.