“I always say (I want to keep playing) two to three more years. It all depends on how I play on the field, because if I don’t play good enough, nobody is going to want me. But if I keep playing well and at a high level, then two to three more years at least, I think.”—
“On paper, we look like a champion, but we have a lot of work to do before we can be called a champion,” Briggs said. “There were moves that were made in the offseason to bring in a lot of veteran (players). Of course, Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush just put us in a position where we’re able to transition that stuff onto the field to be a real contender.”—
“We’ve been talking,” the running back said about his contract situation. “That’s a good thing, and we’ll continue to talk. So that’s good news that we’re still talking. That’s about it. Last year we were worlds apart, but it’s gotten better…but I can’t talk about the specifics.”—
Matt Forte will likely hold out training camp if he and the Bears aren’t able to reach a long-term deal, but the Bears running back told 670 The Score’s Zach Zaidman Friday that he won’t miss any regular season games.
Speaking at the Madden 13 Pigskin Pro Am in Grant Park, Forte would not guarantee that he would report to training camp in Bourbonnais if a deal is not reached by the July 16 deadline.
The running back has very little incentive to miss games, however, and made it clear that he will suit up when the regular season starts.
Forte is said to be looking for a similar deal as the one Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy received in May: five years, $45 million (over $20 million guaranteed).
Chicago Magazine named Kahlil Bell one of the city’s top bachelors.
Growing up in the Bay Area, Bell sang in the chorus, loved astronomy and physics, and planned to study computer science or engineering at UCLA. Joining the NFL before college graduation took him in a slightly different direction, but, suffice it to say, Bell is not your stereotypical jock with only brute force on the brain. “Most people see what I do for a living and assume that’s all that I am,” he says. “I am blessed to play football professionally—but I like to keep an open mind.”
In the market for: A well-put-together woman with drive, dedication, and ambition. “Someone who is as focused as I am; someone who is willing to make the sacrifices to get where she wants to be.”
Conversation starter: His moves. His high-school classmates voted him best dancer.
"When you start (saying) this is a good football team, the only way to say that is to compare it to something," Smith said Thursday afternoon at the conclusion of a three-day minicamp. "So for us, we compare it to our best team, our Super Bowl team. So, yeah, it’s easy to do that and we have. That is why we are feeling pretty good about ourselves around here.
"The areas where you looked on paper we needed to make some improvement, we have. You look at each position and you say, ‘Do you have a player at this position you really like?’ We’re saying that about a lot of positions, more positions than we’ve ever said before around here. I’ll just start with that."
Bears coach Lovie Smith on the vibe he gets with the ‘12 team.
According to a report, Bush tweeted Saturday night what he called “strike one” for Chicago after he was denied access to the Paris Club on Hubbard.
“Couldn’t get in the Paris Club in Chicago ‘cuz they wanted to see a player’s card. Really? Strike 1 Windy City,” Bush tweeted. One day later, Bush had a similar experience at a nightclub called Underground. “Couldn’t get into the Underground. Really? Strike 2. I’m heading home to get ready for my tee time in the AM … I remember everything,” Bush tweeted.
To show just show upset he was, Bush sent out a second tweet shortly after. “Really disappointed in Chicago. The Windy City, aka downtown Chicago, I’ve always heard this is the place u want 2 be. Uhh, I’m not a believer yet.”
A broken right hand won’t keep Matt Toeaina from participating in the Bears’ three-day veteran minicamp starting Tuesday.
The sixth-year defensive tackle initially thought he suffered a minor sprain when his hand hit the helmet of teammate Jordan Miller during defensive line drills at recent OTAs. Toeaina had his hand re-evaluated by head athletic trainer Chris Hanks after he experienced some swelling days after the initial impact.
“The people in the Bears building are sometimes a little bit sensitive," Cutler said. "You always want to be pro-Bears and compliment your teammates and stuff but … over a three-year career here (the offensive line is) definitely at the forefront of my mind every year. Until we get those front five hammered down we’re still kind of up in the air offensively even though we’ve got some really, really talented guys on the outside.”—
Bears QB Jay Cutler chimes in on the offensive line statements he made recently.
“I just want to be given a contract where I rank among some of the top running backs," Forte said. "Not the top paid or anything like that. I just want to be recognized as one of the best. It’s unfortunate that the organization (can) treat it as a business, when the player does he gets frowned upon," Forte said. "But you have to make do with what’s best for you and your family. All my teammates know I’m going to be there for them and give them the best in my heart out there on the field.”—
Bears RB Matt Forte from a recent interview on the NFL Network.
Under terms of the franchise tag, he would earn $7.742 million this season. Obviously, a multi-year deal would guarantee him significantly more. After signing their draft class, the Bears had roughly $3.81 million in remaining cap room meaning there is ample space to get a deal done if the club finds one that suits its desires.