Friday, July 29, 2011
Bears: On Matt Forte, Anthony Adams et al
By Kevin Seifert
Chicago Bears players are reporting to training camp Friday afternoon at Olivet Nazarene University, so let's hit a couple newsworthy items and then some excellent research by our friends at ESPN Stats & Information:
- Tailback Matt Forte reported amid rumors he was considering a contract holdout. ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson confirmed his presence. Whether Forte will practice Saturday is another story. Remember, in 2008 the Bears allowed receiver Devin Hester to miss practice (while attending meetings) until his contract extension was finalized.
- The Bears agreed to terms with defensive tackle Anthony Adams, who presumably returns as a full-time starter. We have discussed the possibility of the Bears pursuing free agent Brandon Mebane, but it appears the market for Mebane has gotten pretty expensive.
- As expected, the Bears wrapped up negotiations with first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi. Like the Detroit Lions, they will enter training camp with their entire draft class signed.
- To the right are two charts courtesy Jason Starrett of ESPN's Stats & Analysis group. They show how unreliable receiver Roy Williams has been since leaving the NFC North. The Bears, who reportedly have agreed to terms with Williams, are hoping that his return will reverse that trend.