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Wright, Conte a strong tandem

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Judging by coach Lovie Smith's comments Thursday at the NFL Combine, it appears that the Bears are comfortable with Major Wright and Chris Conte as their starting safeties but would also like to add depth at the position.

Judging by coach Lovie Smith's comments Thursday at the NFL Combine, it appears that the Bears are comfortable with Major Wright and Chris Conte as their starting safeties but would also like to add depth at the position.

A 2010 third-round draft pick, Wright appeared in 12 games with 11 starts last season, recording 78 tackles and three interceptions. A 2011 third-round selection, Conte played in 14 games with nine starts, registering 47 tackles and one interception last year as a rookie.

"I think I'm on record of how I feel about Major Wright," Smith said. "I think he's a good football player, a good football player who hasn't had an offseason with us yet truly.

"I'm just as excited about Chris Conte. Chris has a lot of range; he can do a lot of things. I just don't think we've been in this good a position at the two starting safety positions. So I'm excited about them. But at the same time we do need to provide more depth."

One player who could fill that void is Craig Steltz, who performed well as a starter late last season after injuries sidelined both Wright and Conte. The 2008 fourth-round pick is due to become an unrestricted free agent in March after recording 48 tackles last season.

"[Steltz] has done a super job in every role we've put him in since he's been here," Smith said.

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