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Report: Bears expected to pursue Gilmore

INDIANAPOLIS -- A potential suitor for pending Buffalo Bills free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore has apparently emerged.

The Chicago Bears are expected to go after Gilmore when the NFL's free-agency period begins next week, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

The Bills decided earlier this week to not use a franchise tag on Gilmore, opening the door for him to hit the open market.

The tag would have meant the Bills had to pay Gilmore a guaranteed $14.2 million for the 2017 season, provided they didn't work out a long-term deal with him.

Gilmore, who had a career-best five interceptions last season, was known to have been seeking at least $15 million per year, putting him in line with fellow cornerback Josh Norman, who received a five-year, $75-million package to join the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 2016.

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