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Matt Forte On Free Agency: All I Can Do Is Play Football

Aug 17, 2015 12:52 PM

Matt Forte will become a free agent at the end of the season and was asked how playing in a contract year impacts his approach.

Forte has been one of the Chicago Bears' most productive offensive players throughout his career.

"Nobody wants to play on a one-year deal, especially the uncertainty of how football is with how it goes," said Forte. "You just figure like a guy who's been there since Day 1, 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. 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 do 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.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Kevin White Could Miss Entire Season With Stress Fracture In Shin

Aug 15, 2015 7:30 PM

Kevin White could miss the entire 2015 season due to injury. White will have surgery and begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

White told reporters the shin injury wasn’t a stress fracture -- he was “adamant” about this, according to the Chicago Tribune -- and “the game plan for me is to play as soon as possible,” he said, according to the Tribune. A Sun-Times reporter tweeted that White said, “If it was up to me, I would have been on the field.”

 

Ryan Pace called a morning press conference on Saturday to reveal White is will be having surgery on a stress fracture in his left shin and is out for at least the first six weeks of the season, maybe until Week 11.

The Bears had been misleading the media on the injury throughout training camp and White lied on Friday.

Jon Greenberg/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Injury

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Bears Acquire Matthew Wells From Pats For Ryan Groy

Aug 11, 2015 12:45 PM

The Bears have acquired LB Matthew Wells via trade with the Patriots for G Ryan Groy.

Wells was drafted in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Patriots out of Mississippi State. 

Collegiately, he appeared in 52 games with 33 starts at Mississippi State, recording 165 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2014, Wells started all 13 games at outside linebacker, putting together 45 tackles and four sacks.    

Press Release

Tags: Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Bears Sign Tracy Porter

Jun 8, 2015 12:22 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed Tracy Porter to a one-year contract.

Porer has played seven seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Washington.

Porter owns the iconic moment of Super Bowl XLIV for his interception of Peyton Manning returned for a game-sealing touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' victory.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Ray McDonald Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge

May 25, 2015 1:05 PM

Ray McDonald has been arrested on a domestic violence charge in the San Jose area.

The exact date and nature of the alleged incident was not immediately spelled out. 

McDonald signed with the Chicago Bears this offseason and has been released following the incident.

Last season, McDonald had two domestic incidents requiring police attention and was also named a suspect in a sexual assault investigation.

CSN Bay Area

Tags: Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Suspension

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Bears May Move Away From Matt Forte As Workhorse Back

May 11, 2015 3:02 PM

Matt Forte may no longer be the Chicago Bears' workhorse running back with John Fox now in charge.

The Denver Broncos used a dual-back approach over the past few years under Fox and Adam Gase.

"Well this is an unusual situation just because Matt has been in such great shape and has been so dynamic as far as staying on the field," said Gase at rookie minicamp over the weekend, via ESPN.com. "We've just got to see how it plays out. In Denver, C.J. would hate me for saying this, but he got tired and was a little chubby sometimes. I mean, he got worn down quick and then we had to rotate backs in last year. Matt's an unusual situation in that position because he's able to play every play, or has."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears

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Brandon Marshall Was Nearly Traded To Patriots In 2014

May 8, 2015 6:01 PM

Brandon Marshall was nearly traded to the New England Patriots last offseason before he signed a three-year, $30 million extension with the Chicago Bears.

Marshall was traded to the New York Jets this offseason.

"I could have played for the Patriots last year," Marshall told ESPN 1000 on Friday (via the Chicago Sun-Times). "There was an opportunity where there probably could have (been) a trade before the season."

Tom Brady sometimes lacked receiving options, but they still managed to win the Super Bowl.

"It was my agent and the Chicago Bears because there was a little tension on the contract stuff," Marshall said. "I thought I was worth a little more. ... There were a couple of teams that were offering more money.

"It never got that far, but there was a possibility with a couple teams."

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Eagles, Bears Making Hardest Push For No. 2 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 7:18 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears are the two teams making the strongest push to trade up to the No. 2 spot in the draft.

The Tennessee Titans own the second overall pick and are pushing for a significant package to part with the pick.

Both the Eagles and Bears are targeting Marcus Mariota.

Jay Cutler played collegiately in Nashville for Vanderbilt and could be included in the deal, though Bob Holtzman reports the Titans are not interested in Cutler. The Bears would only have $4 million in dead money from Cutler's $16.5 million 2015 cap hit if he was traded to the Titans.

Philadelphia has offered two first rounders, a third rounder, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Boykin, Mychal Kendricks and more to move up, according to Ian Rapoport.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Bears Considering Trade Offers For Martellus Bennett

Apr 29, 2015 2:11 PM

The Chicago Bears are considering trade offers for Martellus Bennett.

Bennett is seeking a new contract with the Bears or any trade that acquires him.

Bennett has been a productive tight end in his two seasons with the Bears.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Matt Forte Skips Voluntary Camp In Hopes Of New Contract

Apr 28, 2015 2:00 PM

Matt Forte is seeking a new contract from the Chicago Bears and is skipping voluntary minicamp in hopes of landing one.

Forte is entering the final season of a $30.4 million contract he signed in 2012.

Owner George McCaskey said he's leaving Forte's situation in the hands of general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox.

Forte has been a workhorse and one of the most overlooked running backs in the NFL. He has compiled 7,704 rushing yards, 3,727 receiving yards and a combined 57 touchdowns.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Kevin White Visits Bears, Rams This Week
Both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay project Kevin White going to the Bears at No. 7.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Hosting Jameis Winston For Meeting
Chicago owns the seventh overall pick and still have Jay Cutler on their roster.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ray McDonald Agrees To Sign With Bears
Ray McDonald will reunite with Vic Fangio.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Bears To Keep Jay Cutler As Starting QB In 2015
Under terms of Jay Cutler's contract, he is scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2015 with an additional $10 million guaranteed for injury in 2016.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

49ers Deny Reports Of Putting Colin Kaepernick On Trade Block
The Eagles and Bears are reportedly interested in Colin Kaepernick.

Sports Illustrated

Jets Agree To Trade With Bears For Brandon Marshall
The Jets will acquire Brandon Marshall pending a physical.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bears Pursuing Trade Of Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall caught 61 balls for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.

Brad Biggs/Chicago Tribune

Josh McCown, Bills In Contract Talks
Josh McCown has also visited the Browns, Bears and Jets this offseason.

John Wawrow/AP

Bears Noncommittal On Jay Cutler As Starting QB
John Fox said one component of the evaluation process is simply getting to know Jay Cutler.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

49ers Offered Adam Gase Head Coach Job If He Hired Tomsula As DC
Adam Gase refused the proposition and the 49ers hired Tomsula as head coach.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.

ProFootballTalk

Adam Gase Hired By Bears As Offensive Coordinator
Adam Gase was a head coaching candidate for multiple openings.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Adam Gase, Charlie Weis Emerge As Bears' OC Candidates
Charlie Weis and Adam Gase are among the candidates for the Bears' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Vic Fangio Agrees To Join Bears As Defensive Coordinator
Vic Fangio runs a 3-4 defense, which aligns with the defensive philosophy of John Fox.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Bears Hire John Fox As Head Coach
The Bears had been expected to pursue a veteran head coach like John Fox to pair with first-time general manager Ryan Pace.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Bears To Interview John Fox
John Fox is a veteran coach with a winning record and meets much of the criteria the Bears envision in a possible pairing with a first-year general manager Ryan Pace.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Gary Kubiak Announces He'll Stay With Ravens
Gary Kubiak has announced that he will remain with the Ravens as offensive coordinator and won't interview for head coaching positions.

RealGM Staff Report

Bears To Strongly Pursue Gary Kubiak As Head Coach
Gary Kubiak spent the 2014 season as offensive coordinator of the Ravens.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ryan Pace Has Final Say On Bears' Roster, Isn't Moneyball GM
Ryan Pace is the NFL's youngest general manager.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Bears Hire Ryan Pace As GM
George McCaskey and the Bears have hired Ryan Pace as general manager.

RealGM Staff Report

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