Tom Pelissero of ESPN Twin Cities reported the Bears have legitimate interest in Loadholt and have dangled more attractive contract numbers than the right tackle's current employer, the Minnesota Vikings. Pelissero reported the Vikings actively are working to clear salary-cap space, but cap space (with Percy Harvin out the door) isn't the sticking point with Loadholt. Minnesota reportedly has no interest in entering a bidding war for the right tackle and won't go above $5 million annually for his services.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times cited a source to confirm the Bears' interest in Loadholt, who has started 63 games for the Vikings over the past four seasons.
New coach Marc Trestman's offense will hinge on productive play from Cutler, a quarterback who has been abused in Chicago. The line has been a disaster for years, but there's legitimate heat around the team's desire to upgrade the position group, a move that's long overdue.