Found July 19, 2012 on The Penalty Flag:
PLAYERS: Matt Forte
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
On Monday, with the NFL contract deadline looming for franchised players, the Chicago Bears and their star running back Matt Forte finally came to terms.  The deal is reportedly worth $32 million for four years with a little more than half of it guaranteed.   The signing was great news for Bears fans as Forte has [...]

Young MC offers Jay Cutler second crack at ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler needn’t worry about his historically awful rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” last Saturday in front of terrified and likely traumatized onlookers at Wrigley Field. Why? Because Young MC has got his back. Wait. What? In case you missed it, Cutler’s performance of the traditional song sung during [...]

The Bears Den: July 19, 2012

"...where resentment rides high, but emotions won't grow."   NFL Offseason Grades - Chris Burke: (post-Forte contract) "...the core of this offense should be around for a few years. On the flip side, the OL is still a potential sieve that basically went ignored." [Video] A look ahead at Bears training camp - Bowen talks a lot of sense. Kaplan doesn...

Chicago Bears rookie on the hot seat: Brandon Hardin

Continuing to examine the 2012 Chicago Bears draft picks and where they fit into plans we come to rookie safety Brandon Hardin. Hardin was the eighth safety drafted since Lovie Smith became the head coach.  He is proverbial big, fast and strong even more so than most safeties. The problem with Hardin is he played corner his entire career at Oregon State.  Hardin has never played...

For The Chicago Bears, Now Is The Time

With the Bears and Matt Forte ending their soap opera by striking a long-term agreement, the Monsters of the Midway now have virtually no distractions heading into training camp next week. That allows the Bears to focus solely on the task at hand: winning a Super Bowl title. And they better do it quickly, because after this year the window may be closing. Jay Cutler, Matt Forte...

Chicago Bears veteran on the hot seat: Devin Hester

Devin Hester is the best return man in the history of the NFL. You would think that is all you'd have to write about Hester given the excitement that builds with every thump of a punt towards him.  The drama is palpable up until the whistle blows or Hester crosses the goal line. That's part of the fun of having Hester on the team, he's a threat to score a touchdown...

Brian Urlacher says Bears have the talent for Super Bowl

Coming off a MCL and PCL injury in his left knee, but when the bears have their first day in training camp on July 28, he’ll be ready. From the Waddle and Silvy Show and, Urlacher said: “I’m full go for everything, so I won’t be missing anything. Athletically and mentally, we’re one of the best defenses in the NFL,” Urlacher said. “You look at position...

The Bears Den: July 20, 2012

"...where far more frequently you're wearing perfume - with, you say, no special place to go."   Bears training camp capsules: OL - Moon Mullin looks at the OL, the most heavily scrutinized position last season. PFT Preseason Power Rankings No.11: Chicago Bears - "If the Bears are as good a team in 2012 as they were in 2011 - only this time they don’t...

Jay Cutler Can't Sing and Other Obvious News

Chicago sports fans are still kind of upset at Jay Cutler for leaving the NFC Championship Game with what appeared to be a minor, if any, injury. So what better to improve his image with people within Chicagoland than to sing during the seventh inning stretch. It didn't go well. Cutler isn't a singer, but it seemed like it put as much effort into the song as he did the...

Chicago Bears 2012 NFL Season Preview

Offense The Bears were off to a 7-3 start last year, one year after going 11-5 and making it to the NFC Championship game. In my opinion, the Bears’ 7-3 start last year was more impressive. Their 11-5 2010 record was not fully indicative of how they played. They had a Pythagorean Expectation of just 9.4 wins and that was in spite of the fact that their 11 wins were against a 6...

Bears Pre-Training Camp Headquarters

All the news, positional breakdowns and camp competitions to prepare you for Chicago Bears training camp in Bourbonnais, which begins July 25.

2012 Fantasy Running Backs: Big Paydays Mean Big Seasons?

The 2011 NFL Season came to an end with many big name superstars heading to free agency or getting franchise tenders from the clubs they have played for.  Four of these superstars shared something in common. They all are franchise running backs who play important roles in their teams' playbook. Now that the signing period came to end, to get franchised players signed long...
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