Bears interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne

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Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Bears are interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne.

A run-stuffing middle linebacker in Seattle, Hawthorne would likely play strong-side linebacker in Chicago’s defense. If signed to a long-term contract, Hawthorne could begin his Bears career outside and eventually replace Brian Urlacher, who turns 34 years old in May.

Hawthorne has been a dynamite run defender with the Seahawks. He’s averaged 113 tackles per season over the past three years. Hawthorne has also intercepted seven passes during that span, produced six sacks, and forced five fumbles.

Hawthorne earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in early December of 2011.