Matt Forte Says He’ll Come to Bears Camp Despite Not Getting a New Deal

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Former Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte confirmed on Wednesday that he will report to training camp on time despite the Chicago Bears’ refusal to extend his contract, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

“Yeah, [I’ll report to camp on time without a new deal],” Forte said.

The 29-year-old Forte can earn a maximum of $8.2 million in 2015 after he led the team in rushing yards (1,038) and receptions (102) last year. He is tops in the league in yards from scrimmage (11,431) since 2008.

“Nobody wants to play on a one-year deal, especially the uncertainty of how football is with how it goes,” Forte said. “You just figure like a guy who’s been there since day one, continues to put in hard work and has produced, you figure that that guy should be rewarded. But in this business that doesn’t always happen.”

Forte reiterated that he’s in good standing with the organization; although he does not expect to revisit contract talks with general manager Ryan Pace in the near future.

“We already visited it,” Forte said. “All I can do is talk to them about it and they can say yes or no. They said we’re not talking about that type of stuff right now, so all I can is play football. I’ve come to the realization that every run or catch that I may have might be my last in a Bears uniform, so if they don’t want to re-sign me I’ll have to play somewhere else then.

Bears Come to Terms on Top Pick Kevin White and Second-Round Pick Eddie Goldman

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The Bears continued to work quickly Wednesday to get their entire six-man draft class under contract, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

First-round receiver Kevin White and second-round nose tackle Eddie Goldman became their fourth and fifth draftees to agree to terms, the team announced.

Exact parameters of the agreements should surface later this week, but the established rookie wage scale enables some projections.

White’s four-year contract is expected to be worth approximately $15 million, including a projected signing bonus near $10 million, in accordance with wage scale. The Bears hold an option to guarantee a fifth year of the contract for injury.

Goldman’s four-year deal is projected to be worth about $5.5 million with a signing bonus of more than $2 million.

Third-round center Hroniss Grasu is the Bears’ only unsigned draft pick. He’s expected to agree to terms by the time the Bears begin their three-day rookie camp Friday.

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Bears Grab West Virginia WR Kevin White With 7th Pick in NFL Draft

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The Bears have a new weapon for whatever QB is going to throw the ball this season, as the team took WVU WR Kevin White with the 6th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here’s a scouting report on White, who is going to add pop to an offense that lost Brandon Marshall this offseason in a trade to the Jets, who passed on White with the 5th pick.

Entering the 2014 season, White wasn’t on the radar nationally as one of the top receivers in college football. He started out his college career at Lackawanna College and transferred to West Virginia as a junior. In his first season for the Mountaineers, White had only 35 receptions for 507 yards with five touchdowns.

The senior took his game to another level in 2014 as he totaled 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. White ripped off a series of huge games before double-coverage slowed down his production in the latter portion of the season. Still, he made an impact and moved the chains for his offense.

White was a Combine star. He checked in bigger than expected and had one of the fastest 40 times of any wide receiver. White caused a stir when he clocked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash. That was faster than expected and illustrated that White has the speed to stretch a defense vertically.

For the NFL, White is a future No. 1 receiver who could lead a potent passing attack. He has a unique combination of size and speed. White consistently achieved separation for West Virginia, yet he also made contested catches with the strength to outfight defensive backs for the ball. White can get downfield quickly while beating cornerbacks with his speed and burn defenses for long touchdowns. He’s too fast for safeties, and corners struggle to run with him as he easily gets separation out of his breaks. White is a deep-threat receiver who has the ability to work all levels of the field.

White is dangerous with the ball in his hands with the ability to take a slant to the house with his speed and open-field running skills. He ran a lot of routes that are staples of the West Coast offense, but could also fit in a vertical pro-style system. White has solid hands with good body control to work the sidelines. He will be an asset on the back-shoulder throws that are popular in the NFL.

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Should the Chicago Bears draft Marcus Mariota at 7?

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True or false – Jay Cutler is not the answer at QB long term for the Bears? Find out who’s the new NFL betting Favorite after free agent moves at Mybookie.ag, as each team is going to tweak their draft board after they tried to fill some holes with free agents.

If you are like most, you answered no, and for good reason. The Bears are in a serious quandary at the quarterback spot, as they have a player who not only is moody and unfocused most of the time, they also have to decide if spending the 7th pick on a QB is worth it.

Enter high-profile QB Marcus Mariota, who produced out of this world numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and then dominated combine workouts.

He’s got a great attitude, and scouts love his leadership ability.

Sounds like the best fit for the Bears. Or is it?

Chicago has a new coach in John Fox, and still one of the best running backs in the NFL in Matt Forte. So does going after Mariota make sense for a team that needs a lot more in the way of their roster than just a quarterback?

There’s also problem that the Bears may have to give something up in order to get a hold of Mariota, as it is sounding more and more that teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and maybe even the New York Jets will be hot and heavy after Mariota, who is going to draw plenty of looks come draft night.

While the team needs to decide if Mariota is worth going after, the team also needs to look at their wide out core, as they have a need there after they dealt Brandon Marshall to the Jets.

If the team doesn’t go after Mariota, they could take a long look at wide outs like Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker. If they want to go the free agent route, there’s still Michael Crabtree, Hakeem Nicks, Greg Jennings and Reggie Wayne on the open market.

Part of the ‘Mariota decision’ will be the trust factor the new coaching staff with John Fox and company has in Cutler. He was a train wreck at points last season, and the fan base is getting past tired of hearing about all the talent and ability that Cutler has, only to see him fail on Sundays.

The Bears have time to decide their long term plan at the quarterback spot. If they want to go after Mariota they will be in good company, and it’s not going to be an easy task to land him.

In the end though, it just may be the best thing in the long term direction of the franchise.

Bears Come to Terms With Free Agent Safety Antrel Rolle

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The Bears have a new safety, as they came to terms late Wednesday on a deal with 32-year-old Antrel Rolle, who played previously with the New York Giants.

Bears To Talk To Lions DC Teryl Austin About Their Coaching Job

With Gary Kubiak staying in Baltimore, the Bears are turning their attention to Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Austin will interview for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy Tuesday at Halas Hall, sources confirmed on Sunday.

Austin — who has already spoken to the 49ers and Falcons — turned around the Lions’ defense in his first season. Only one team allowed fewer than their 300.9 yards per game and 17.6 points per game.

Bears to Meet with Seahawks Quinn, Broncos Gase About Coaching Job

The Bears’ simultaneous search for a new general manager and a new coach will continue Friday in Seattle when the team is to meet with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports. On Saturday, the Bears will be in Denver for a meeting with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Less than a week after finishing a 5-11 season and firing both general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman, the Bears are progressing through the early stages of their search process with Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips and newly hired consultant Ernie Accorsi.

On the GM front, a league source confirmed Thursday that Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, an initial target of the Bears, would be staying in Baltimore. DeCosta declined opportunities to interview for either the Bears or Jets GM openings.

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