Player News - Bears

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After speaking to "a few NFL folks," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes free agent Matt Forte will be "lucky" to command more than $4 million per year on the open market.

"The life of a 30-year-old back," added Fowler. On February 5, Forte told NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes that "it ain't about the money ... I'm trying to get a Super Bowl." Forte's market shouldn't become overly pricey, and it sounds like he's satisfied with that. Forte is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent running back, behind Doug Martin and just ahead of Lamar Miller.
Feb 12 - 8:30 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson has pegged Jeremy Langford as Matt Forte's "heir apparent" after the Bears informed Forte they won't re-sign him.

With Forte out of the picture, the Bears' running back depth chart stands as Langford, followed by Ka'Deem Carey and Senorise Perry. (Jacquizz Rodgers joins Forte as a free agent.) Langford had some monster games as a rookie after Forte went down with a knee injury, totaling 324 yards and three touchdowns in Weeks 9 and 10. Down the stretch, he and Forte formed a committee, and it was clear the Bears were grooming Langford as the 2016 starter. The Bears will add depth, but Langford has the inside track to the starting job.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 12:05 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes it "would be an upset" if the Bears don't re-sign free agent Zach Miller.

Miller is said to be seeking $5 million annually after his breakout second half of the season. But Miller has never been able to stay healthy, turns 32 next season, and we doubt he'd get that money from any other team. Miller has said multiple times he wants to stay in Chicago where he could potentially replace Martellus Bennett if the Bears decide to release the veteran.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 10:45 AM

The Bears have informed free agent Matt Forte they won't be re-signing him.

"Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte wrote. "I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency." The writing has been on the wall for months. Forte's agent tried to engage in extension talks during the season, but was shot down by GM Ryan Pace. Chicago will move forward with Jeremy Langford and a younger group. Forte turned 30 in December and has been connected to the Patriots as a potential match.
Feb 12 - 10:27 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes free agent Matt Forte "could be a perfect fit" with the Patriots.

The price would have to be right -- the Pats aren't the sort of team to pay top dollar for a 30-year-old running back -- but on paper there isn't a better fit across the league than Forte in Foxboro. Reiss previously suggested the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing Forte. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent, while space back Dion Lewis is rehabbing a torn ACL.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 10 - 8:13 PM

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston believes the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing impending free agent Matt Forte.

The Patriots were painfully one-dimensional on offense after losing Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to season-ending injuries. Forte would be a tremendous upgrade for New England, particularly given his all-around skill set.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 7 - 8:26 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports free agent TE Zach Miller wants $5 million per season in his new contract.

Although Miller came up huge in the second half of the season for the Bears, it's an asking price they'll likely deem ludicrous for a journeyman tight end going on age 32. Beat writer Brad Briggs believes Miller will reach the open market if he doesn't lower his demands. If Miller prices himself out of the Bears' plans, perhaps they'll give longer thought to keeping Martellus Bennett.
Feb 2 - 1:26 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said free agent Alshon Jeffery is likely to return to Chicago.

Jeffery struggled with injuries in 2015, and GM Ryan Pace mentioned some of those concerns when discussing his future. "When Alshon played he was explosive and a playmaker for our offense," Pace said. "Part of the evaluation of a player is his injuries and his availability. We’ll take that into account." Despite Pace's comments, the reality is the Bears cannot let Brandon Marshall and Jeffery leave in back-to-back offseasons, especially considering how little talent there is available in free agency. If they cannot work out a long-term extension, Chicago will likely use the franchise tag to keep Jeffery off the market.
Feb 1 - 12:20 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said impending free agent Matt Forte's chances of returning to Chicago are "slight."

Forte admitted in December his chances of returning were minimal, and the two sides have not had any meaningful contract talks. With Doug Martin likely to stay in Tampa Bay, Forte and Lamar Miller will be the top running backs available in free agency. Despite turning 30 in December, Forte should get plenty of interest on the open market.
Source: ESPN
Jan 28 - 9:49 AM

WGN Radio's Adam Hoge reports it is 'very possible' Bears LT Jermon Bushrod is released this offseason.

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson had a similar report in December. 24-year-old Charles Leno took over at left tackle after Bushrod went down with a shoulder injury Week 3 and never looked back. The Bears can save $4.3 million against the cap by releasing Bushrod. It is a no-brainer.
Source: WGN Radio
Jan 26 - 11:28 AM

Bears hired Dave Ragone as QB coach.

Ragone spent last year as a quality-control coach in Washington. He was a backup quarterback with Houston from 2003-2005. Ragone is an important hire with Jay Cutler due $10 million guaranteed next season.
Jan 22 - 7:01 PM

Bears promoted QBs coach Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator.

Loggains is replacing Adam Gase, who has departed for the Dolphins' head-coaching job. Only 35, Loggains coordinated the Titans' offense from 2012-13. He reportedly has an excellent relationship with Jay Cutler, which was probably the decisive factor in his promotion. Although the continuity should be good for Cutler, a quarterback whose career has been a never-ending cycle of coaches and coordinators, Loggains is a decided downgrade on Gase. 2015 could end up Cutler's career year.
Jan 11 - 5:22 PM

Bears QB coach Dowell Loggains is the favorite to fill the offensive coordinator spot vacated by new Dolphins coach Adam Gase.

Loggains is reportedly tight with Gase and could follow him to Miami, but he would have more responsibilities as the coordinator under John Fox. Loggains led a below average Titans offense in 2013, but he is a well-respected position coach who has a good relationship with Jay Cutler. After Cutler posted one of the better seasons of his career in 2015, Chicago will likely lean towards continuity with their next hire.
Jan 9 - 12:16 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace insisted at Monday's season-ending presser that the team has "extreme confidence" in Jay Cutler.

Cutler was the subject of rampant trade rumors with the Titans last offseason, but those died the second Marcus Mariota was made the No. 2 overall pick. This year, it sounds like the Bears will embrace Cutler, at least partially because he's due $10 million guaranteed. Perhaps without Adam Gase, Cutler is certainly entering a make-or-break year in the Pace-John Fox regime.
Jan 4 - 4:24 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace labeled fill-in LT Charles Leno a "pleasant surprise" for the team in 2015.

The Bears benched holdover draft bust Jermon Bushrod for Leno just a few weeks into the season. Leno went on to start the final 13 games at left tackle, but Leno graded 63rd among 76 qualified pass blockers in PFF's offensive tackle ratings. Ideally, Leno would return as a starter at guard or as the Bears' swing tackle. Chicago needs offensive line help -- in addition to a serious injection of defensive talent -- in the upcoming offseason.
Jan 4 - 4:13 PM


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