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Matt Forte hoping for respect from Bears next offseason

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Matt Forte hoping for respect from Bears next offseason

Running back Matt Forte has been a fixture in the Bears backfield virtually since the day he was drafted in 2008 in the second round. He understands market realities for a running back at age 30.

“There’s not much to hope for right now,” Forte said, “because I talked to [the Bears’ front office] earlier [this year] and they haven’t said anything back. So there’s nothing really to hope for.”

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But his hope is the Bears also value what he has meant to the organization as well as what he is capable to do at this point of his career.

“Something obviously respectful in that manner,” Forte said of his wish from the Bears next offseason. “You know, not obviously playing at league minimum or anything like that, but obviously respectful.”

That is a fluid concept. The Bears after 2012 offered Brian Urlacher a contract at $2 million, with $1 million guaranteed, something Urlacher decidedly did not consider “respectful.”

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Forte last offseason approached the Bears about restructuring his contract, meaning extending it with cash to him in bonus form but a lower cap number for this year. The Bears weren’t interested at that time, a strong hint that they do not view him as part of a future that already includes Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford.

Forte went a step further on Wednesday, indirectly giving the Bears an indication that he will consider something of a hometown discount.

“I always look at staying home and being here where I’ve been the past eight years,” Forte said. “That’s a major factor.”

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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