Found February 01, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Matt Forte
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips all but said Tuesday that the club would place the franchise tag on running back Matt Forte if the two sides don't work out a long-term deal.

Bears Won’t Let Forte Hit Free Agency

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte’s contract is set to expire on March 13th when the new league year begins. On Tuesday, the Bears made it clear that they will either place the franchise tag on Forte or get a long term deal finalized, so he isn’t able to hit the open market. “We’d like to (strike a long-term agreement),” Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips told ESPN...

New GM Phil Emery shows coach Lovie Smith some love

Phil Emery is a Lovie Smith guy. He was Monday, at least. The Bears’ new general manager not only accepted Smith as his head coach for the 2012 season — he had no choice — but he embraced him. Emery sounded more like Smith’s colleague than his boss at his introductory news conference at Halas...

Phil Emery’s daughter changed the way new Bears GM scouts the world

Phil and April Emery cruised along the back roads of Kansas City on Saturday afternoon, a coffee in the father’s hand and a vanilla steamer in his daughter’s. The drives are their favorite tradition; they agree on a radio station, soak in the scene and chat about whatever comes to mind. But Saturday’s...

Bears say Forte will not hit free agency

Bears running back Matt Forte’s contract is up, and he’ll be eligible for free agency on March 13. NFL teams can begin assigning franchise tags on February 20. On Tuesday, the Bears publicly confirmed that they’ll either be signing Forte to a long-term deal or tagging him between those two dates. “We’d like to (strike…

Forte and Bears to talk

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, set to become an unrestricted free agent, said his agent and new Bears General Manager Phil Emery expect to talk in the next couple weeks. Forte is seeking a long-term contract extension, while the Bears may be leaning toward placing the franchise tag to prevent Forte from hitting the free agent market. Forte stated [...]

Ruskell, Bears “mutually part ways”

New Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery made his first move for the team today, firing Tim Ruskell, who has served as the team’s director of player personnel the last two years.

Emery Becomes 5th Bears GM; Ruskell Departs

The Chicago Bears gave a five-year contract to Phil Emery to become the club’s new General Manager, hoping to end a string of poor drafts and underperforming results. Emery takes over for Jerry Angelo, who was fired after ll seasons on January 3rd. Emery most recently served as the Kansas City Chiefs Director of College Scouting. He also worked at [...]

Quartet of Bears Players Take Part In Pro Bowl Farce

It wasn’t their fault, but hopefully the four Chicago Bears players who played in Sunday’s NFC 59-41 loss to the AFC won’t list the Pro Bowl as a crowning football achievement. The game was an eyesore for even the most rabid NFL fans, and though the game generated big ratings on television, that says more about the lack of quality [...]

Bears GM Phil Emery a man of many hats

Phil Emery, 53, never pictured himself standing at a podium wearing a suit and tie and conducting a news conference as a team’s new general manager. Throughout his career — whether in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Georgetown, Ky., Silver City, N.M., Atlanta or Kansas City — Emery focused on the job at...

Bears spared Giants, Pats by picking Phil Emery as GM

INDIANAPOLIS — A day after the Bears introduced Phil Emery as their general manager, executives from the two Super Bowl teams were relieved two of their staff members aren’t headed to Halas Hall. New York Giants owner John Mara said Tuesday he had a ‘‘long conversation’’ with Bears president...
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