While the Bears and Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte try to work out a long-term contract extension before Monday's deadline to avoid the franchise tag deal, the Bears do have serious contract concerns moving forward with several starters besides Forte.
WindyCityGridiron.com breaks down the potentially troubling scenario the Bears will face both in 2013 and 2014 when 17 of their current 22 starters will have their contracts expire -- the most of any team in the NFL during this two-year window.
The only starters signed beyond 2014 are Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Brandon Marshall, Gave Carimi and Chris Conte. That leaves notable players such as Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman and Devin Hester as future free agents either after this coming season or the following season.
The Bears currently have just about 13 million in cap space for 2013 and over 50 million in 2014.
Of the players listed above, who must the Bears re-sign before they hit free agency? Is there anyone not named above you want signed immediately? Let us know by commenting below.
As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.
The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.
Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.
The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years.
Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.
On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."
Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama.
He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.
Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: