Front Page News – Forte Set To Fuel Fresh Start At Running Back: The Chicago Bears signed RB Matt Forte to a four-year deal today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. His agent had this to say: “We’re excited about Matt and understand he has a huge opportunity to step in and start.” “We know he is well-positioned to meet the (Bears’) expectations.” The “shot-caller”, decision-maker Jerry Angelo, said Forte adds to the Bears a dimension they didn’t have last season: a back worthy of getting to the corner and making people miss at the second level. Forte was chosen by the Bears in the second round (44th overall) out of Tulane and is the 11th of 12 Bears selections to translate the ink to paper, the most in the NFL.
Three’s An Elite Company – Bowman, Bennett, and Harrison Waste No Time: The Bears on Tuesday signed third-rounders Earl Bennett and Marcus Harrison, along with fifth-round draftee Zackary Bowman, all to four-year deals. The only unsigned draft pick, 1st round selection Chris Williams, vowed he will not hold out. The 14th overall choice is slated to cash in somewhere between $9-11 million in guaranteed money, when he signs his five-year deal. With talks yet to progress in the contract situations of the Windy City Flyer (Devin Hester) and Brian Urlacher – expect Williams to make headlines before the two All-Pros do. Therefore, you can count on the main attractions at Training Camp (beings: July 23) to be starting RB Matt Forte and LT Chris Williams, as all eyes and attention will point their direction, while they look to enhance the newly revamped ground attack in ’08. Hopefully, the veterans’ (Hester and Urlacher) disputes concerning green paper will not take away from what will be the most deserving news and more important stories – the rookies (Matt Forte, Chris Williams & Co.)