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Bears Look at Eric Swann

July 14, 2000

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ The Chicago Bears, desperate for a pass rusher but leery of adding an injury-plagued player, put Eric Swann through drills and gave him a physical exam Friday.

Swann, 29, released by the Arizona Cardinals last week, arrived in Chicago on Thursday night on his tour of NFL teams interested in signing him for next season.

Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville and Baltimore are among the teams expressing interest.

``Which one will be headed for a Super Bowl, that is the main thing for me,″ Swann said. ``Also, I am a family man and I consider the city as well for my wife and my children. It is not one thing it is a bunch of things together.″

Chicago was recommended to Swann by his Cardinals teammate Simion Rice, a native of the city.

``He told me that Chicago is one of the best cities to play for and to live in,″ said Swan.

Swann, who played only seven games last season due to a knee injury, said he is 85 to 90 percent healthy and can be 100 percent by the opening game of the season.

Player personal director, Mark Hatley said he had some concern about Swann’s health.

``If he can play the level that he was a couple of years ago, our defensive football team, coaches and players would be excited to have him on the football team,″ he said.

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