Despite sitting out the first seven games of the 2010 season in protest of his contract, Logan Mankins was named to the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro rosters. And now he’s an unrestricted free agent looking for a payday.

And if what he says is true, the Chicago Bears could have a shot at adding him to their offensive line.

“There are 32 teams in play,” Mankins told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald of his impending free agent status. “[I’ll choose] whatever one I feel is the best situation for me.”

Because of the ongoing negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Union about the expiring collective bargaining agreement, Mankins didn’t go into much more detail.

Last offseason the Bears made their biggest upgrades through free agency and not the NFL Draft. While they have more picks in this year’s Draft, Mankins is a proven player who would be a tremendous upgrade for a Bears’ offensive line that gave up a league-high 56 sacks.

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