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Rich Campbell: The buzz around kickers at the scouting combine had everything to do with the Bears

CHICAGO - There was a buzz after the kickers worked out at the NFL scouting combine last week, but it didn't have anything to do with how the three specialists performed.

At least two longtime NFL talent evaluators marveled at how many Bears scouts attended. One veteran of more than a dozen combines said he had never seen so many representatives from one team at the kicking workout, and such high-ranking ones at that.

"No one writing the checks," he said, "but there was some real juice there."

It's a window into how seriously the Bears are taking their search for a kicker, how intent they are on filling their greatest offseason

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