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Forte discusses status of contract talks

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Forte discusses status of contract talks

Matt Forte had some very candid comments about the Bears and his contract situation during an appearance on Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio on Thursday morning.

Forte said rehab for his injured knee is going well and he hopes to be able to play in the upcoming Pro Bowl.

"I have to take a physical before the Pro Bowl and let the doctors test me," Forte said. "I think I'm 100 percent, so we will see what the doctors say. I should be good to go."

The running back went on to discuss his ongoing contract situation with the Bears.

"There's been no talks. I guess the deal is now that they need to get a new GM and talks will start," said Forte. "Hopefully with the Senior Bowl and draft coming up, that they get a new GM in pretty fast and then we will start talks again."

Does Forte have concerns about his role in the organization now that Mike Martz is no longer offensive coordinator?

"I think since I came into the league that I've played well in both offenses that we had. I'm not really too concerned about it. I'm pretty sure that the offense will be designed around the guys that make the plays. I'm not too concerned about what kind of offense it will be or if the numbers will go down."

Watch the complete interview below:

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Bears to hold joint training camp practices with Broncos

Bears to hold joint training camp practices with Broncos

The Chicago Bears will reunite with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Denver this summer, as word broke Monday that the Broncos will host the Bears for joint training camp practices in advance of their preseason game in August.

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs confirmed the news on Twitter.

This is the second time Denver will welcome the Bears for training camp sessions. The two teams held joint practices back in 2018.

Training camp won't be the first time the Bears will see Fangio since his departure last offseason. Chicago pulled off a last-second victory over the Broncos in Week 2 of the 2019 season when kicker Eddy Pineiro booted a 53-yard game-winner with time expiring in the fourth quarter. His kick was set up by the clutch version of Mitch Trubisky, who connected on a 25-yard pass to Allen Robinson on the play before Pineiro's conversion.

Fangio left a lasting impact during his time as the Bears defensive coordinator that reached its peak in 2018 when Chicago was widely regarded as the most ferocious defense in the league. The Bears finished third in yards allowed per game and ended the season with the top run defense. Their 27 interceptions were tops in the NFL, too.

A fan's guide for how to watch the NFL Combine

A fan's guide for how to watch the NFL Combine

The 2020 NFL Combine will go a long way in determining the final draft grade for each of the 337 prospects participating in on-field drills. General managers and scouts want to see whether their athletic testing matches the traits noted on film. If a player runs faster than he plays, scouts will question his on-field instincts and overall football IQ. In the alternative, if he runs slower than he plays, questions about level of competition and the ability to 'win' on the NFL level will be raised.

But in order to understand whether or not a prospect is having a good performance, you first have to know what the NFL is looking for as its minimum time/result required for each position and drill.

NFL Hall-of-Fame executive Gil Brandt, one of the legendary draft minds in the sport, shared what has become the standard breakdown each team uses when assessing a player's 40 time, 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and more.

Check it out:

Keep this page bookmarked this week and refer back to this chart as your favorite Bears prospects try to run and jump their way to Chicago. 

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