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After 2012, contract issues could be problematic for Bears

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After 2012, contract issues could be problematic for Bears

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.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below: