Matt Forte - RBPosted 2/12/16 10:50am ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte has been informed by the Bears that they will not attempt to re-sign him this offseason.
Huddle Up: While Forte missed time with a knee injury last year he's been mostly durable throughout his NFL career, so even at the advanced NFL RB age of 30 he has something left in the tank. Look for him to sign a short-term deal with a contender in need of reliable backfield help; the Patriots and Colts would have to be near the top of that list.
Jeremy Langford - RBPosted 2/12/16 11:45am ET
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford figures to start in 2016 after the team informed RB Matt Forte on Friday, Feb. 12, they have no intentions to re-sign him.
Huddle Up: The 2015 fourth-round pick finished with 537 rushing yards and six TDs and added 279 yards and a score on 22 catches. He's not the biggest of backs at 6-0 and 210 pounds and he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry as a rookie so there are concerns about his durability over the season as a No. 1 back.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 2/12/16 5:11pm ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could be an option for the Miami Dolphins, in the opinion of ESPN.com's James Walker. Forte was coached by Dolphins head coach Adam Gase when he was the offensive coordinator in Chicago, and Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is a free agent.
Huddle Up: The Gase angle certainly is a strong one, and that would seem to put the Dolphins among the early front-runners.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 2/11/16 9:19am ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte probably won't be pursued by the New York Jets in free agency despite the Jets having three impending free-agent running backs of their own.
Huddle Up: Expect the Jets to get younger at running back, and pursuing a 30-year old free agent is not the way to accomplish that task.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 2/8/16 9:05am ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could be pursued by the New England Patriots this offseason.
Huddle Up: New England had issues with its ground game this season, though injuries--both in the backfield and along the offensive line--had as much to do with that problem as anything else. Still, if Forte hits free agency he'd be a tremendous fit for the Patriots offense, with the pass-catching skills to fill the Dion Lewis role and enough left in the tank as a rusher to handle LeGarrette Blount's workload. About the only area he hasn't had success has been at the goal line, but the way New England hurries to the line inside the five might open doors for him as well. It's certainly food for fantasy thought as the offseason officially kicks off.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Alshon Jeffery is tops on the wish list of the Detroit Lions if WR Calvin Johnson elects to retire. However, the Bears could use the franchise tag or sign Jeffery to an extension before he reaches free agency, so Jeffery to the Lions is considered a long shot.
Huddle Up: Tough to see the Lions finding a way to steal Jeffery out of Chicago, but he'd be a very Megatron-like replacement for Johnson if they do.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is too valuable to not re-sign with the Bears this offseason, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said Chicago can't afford to let Jeffery leave, especially since they drafted and developed him. If Jeffery and the Bears can't agree on a deal, then Jeffery could receive the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: The Bears will be on their third offensive coordinator in as many seasons and may lose Matt Forte to free agency; to have any sort of offensive continuity they need to retain Jeffery as the centerpiece of their passing game.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 2/2/16 5:52pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte wouldn't be ruled out as an option for the New York Jets to sign if he becomes available, in the opinion of ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.
Huddle Up: Forte is now 30, but he figures to have at least a couple of strong seasons remaining as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield. He'll be targeted by more than a few teams if he isn't asking for the sun and the moon.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 1/28/16 4:33pm ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte hasn't had any meaningful contract talks with the team as of a couple of weeks ago.
Huddle Up: Most signs remain pointing toward the 30-year-old RB hitting the free-agent market and leaving the team he's played for in all eight of his pro seasons.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 1/4/16 8:47am ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, a restricted free agent, might have the franchise tag applied to him in the offseason. He was limited to nine games in 2015 due to injury, and the team may not be comfortable giving him a long-term deal. He still posted 54 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Jeffery was the team's only legitimate downfield target this season, as the Bears got nothing from first-round pick Kevin White and their collection of secondary receivers failed to step up. Interesting to see what they're willing to commit to Jeffery in an offseason that will also likely put Matt Forte on the open market.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 1/1/16 6:33pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as questionable for the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Forte has been limited all week, and although he seems to be more likely to play than not in what very well could be his final game for the Bears, his fantasy owners will need to check the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report before kickoff Sunday.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/31/15 5:43pm ET
Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Alshon Jeffery may not return in 2016 as the team is unlikely to get involved in a bidding war for him, in the opinion of beat writer Jeff Dickerson.
Huddle Up: The Bears may part with a top-level receiver for the second straight season, which would leave 2015 first-round pick Kevin White -- who missed all of his rookie season due to injury -- as the team's (hopeful) No. 1 WR next year.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/27/15 10:17pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (back) carried 11 times for 54 yards in the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while added three receptions for 21 yards. He was sidelined for part of the second half due to a back injury. 'I had a little nick,' Forte said. 'That happens to running backs, you get little nicks and stuff. I was trying to go back in and they told me at that point there was no need to go back in. But I'll be all right.'
Huddle Up: Forte should be fine for the Bears finale, Expect him to be the lead back in a rotation with Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/25/15 9:28pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and is listed as doubtful for the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Sorry, Jeffery owners, an up-and-down season looks as if it may end on a downer as Jeffery has been unable to give it a go this week after leaving early last Sunday against the Vikings.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/24/15 7:54pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Jeffery has missed both of the Bears' practices this week, and his status for Week 16 is a definite question mark at this point. We should definitely know more, though, Friday.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/23/15 4:37pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: Jeffery tweaked his hammy in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, making it only his latest health issue in an injury-filled season, and his fantasy owners should know well by now that they can't count on the wideout.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/21/15 4:53pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) will be evaluated Wednesday, Dec. 23, to see what his availability will be for Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach John Fox.
Huddle Up: Jeffery has been dealing with injuries all season. If he's unable to play Sunday, Eddie Royal will be a solid start for fantasy championship week against a Buccaneers' defense that allows a lot of points to opposing receivers.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/17/15 4:30pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (illness, calf) missed practice again Thursday, Dec. 17, with an illness after missing practice Wednesday, Dec. 16, with a calf ailment.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it's been that kind of year for the Bears' No. 1 wideout, and hopefully his fantasy owners will get some better news Friday.
Marquess Wilson - WRPosted 12/12/15 3:55pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Wilson showed some promise when both Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal were out of the lineup but he still has a long ways to go before being a consistent fantasy contributor. Next season will be the final year of Wilson's contract with the Bears.
Kevin White - WRPosted 12/11/15 9:44am ET
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (leg) will not be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will miss the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: The Bears got nothing out of their first-round pick this season; they'll have to wait until 2016 to pair him with Alshon Jeffery.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/11/15 6:34pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, who turned 30 years old Thursday, Dec. 10, said he plans to play at least two more years. 'I can probably play 12 or 13 years, or something like that,' Forte said. 'I think when I came out of college I said I'd like to play at least 10 years. Twelve years is a long time for a running back, even 10 years. I'll assess where I am after 10 years, but my goal is 10 or 12 years.' Forte leads the NFL in all-purpose yards (12,374) since 2008, and he had 21 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Forte is still averaging 16.59 fantasy points (PPR scoring) per game, which ranks eighth among RBs, and would certainly appear to have another strong year or two left in him. However, it doesn't look like that will be with the Bears with the RB set to hit free agency in the offseason.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 12/8/15 3:54pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 8, as he is dealing with fractured ribs. Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Browns) was subsequently signed.
Huddle Up: Bennett's numbers (53-439-3) were down noticeably from his top-10 fantasy seasons of the previous two seasons, and he recently sat out Week 12 but returned Sunday to catch only three passes for 14 yards. Backup Zach Miller, who has four TD grabs in his last five games, now takes over as the team's No. 1 tight end.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/5/15 2:17pm ET
Chicago Bears RBs Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford are expected to split carries in the Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase said Friday, Dec. 4, that he'd like to have a near-even split of the touches between the two. 'We can keep them fresh and we should only get better from here on out and those guys will get in the flow of it,' Gase said.
Huddle Up: This is great for the Bears but bad for fantasy owners. Expect Forte to handle more passing down work, while Langford is the preferred option near the goal line.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 12/5/15 9:31pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has not been offered a contract extension yet, and Forte said it doesn't really look like he'll be receiving one. Forte said he'll be satisfied whether he enters free agency or stays in Chicago.
Huddle Up: It's been rumored the Bears will move on from Forte, especially with Jeremy Langford waiting in the wings. It's still early but there's a good chance Forte could be playing elsewhere in 2016.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 12/3/15 3:49pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) isn't on the injury report Thursday, Dec. 3, for the first time this season.
Huddle Up: It's a welcome respite for Jeffery owners, who can actually plan mid-week on starting the wideout, who's had at least seven receptions and 90 yards in four of the last five games he's played.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 12/3/15 7:55pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: That's the second straight full practice for Bennett who looks like he'll be good to go Sunday against the Niners after sitting out Week 12.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 12/2/15 3:26pm ET
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: It's still early, but a full practice at this juncture is most certainly a strong sign for Bennett, who sat out the Thanksgiving night contest against the Packers.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 11/27/15 12:25am ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries and had a 9-yard reception Thursday, Nov. 26 in his return from a three-game injury absence.
Huddle Up: As expected, rookie Jeremy Langford also remained heavily involved with 12 rushes for 48 yards and a 5-yard reception and scored one of the Bears' two TDs on the night. Expect the split to tilt a little more in Forte's favor in the coming games, but Langford will still receive his fair share of touches as well.
Alshon Jeffery - WRPosted 11/26/15 7:47pm ET
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) is officially active for the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Nov. 26. FS Antrel Rolle, WR Eddie Royal, DB Jacoby Glenn, RB Ka'Deem Carey, TE Martellus Bennett, OT Nick Becton and DL Will Sutton comprised the inactive list.
Huddle Up: Good news for Jeffery owners after the WR sat out four days ago in Week 11. You're more than likely starting him but be aware of the possibility of another 3-catch, 23-yard dud as he had while playing at something less than 100 percent in Week 10.
Matt Forte - RBPosted 11/25/15 4:57pm ET
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) are both listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: After a three-game absence, Forte is expected back will resume his role as the Bears' primary back, knocking productive rookie Jeremy Langford back into a supplemental role. Jeffery's return is a little more iffy, and it'll boil down to a game-time call.
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