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July 16, 2012, 01:57 PM
The Bears finally signed franchised tagged running back to a long term contract. I am glad they both sides finally came to there senses.

The Bears now do not have to allocate the full 7.74 Million dollars of the franchise tag to this seasons salary cap, and will be able to get the DE that they sorely need after cuts start taking place after training camp.

PHil Emery could be looking as Executive of the Year, with all the great changes that he has made.


GSH 1 don't you miss Jerry Angelo...lol
July 16, 2012  02:13 PM ET

I'm glad they finally signed Forte but it is premature to even discuss Emery as NFL Executive of the Year before the season even starts. I was very disappointed in the team's play last season.

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July 16, 2012  02:41 PM ET
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Premature I totally disagree, the improvements that this team have made are tremendous.Phil Emery's job is provide Lovie Smith the beat team on paper that he can, and IMO he has done that, better than any GM in the history of this franchise.

I would have preferred that Emery fire Smith.

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July 16, 2012  03:32 PM ET

Good luck with the Bears, BG, GSH1, and other Bears fans..except of course, when they play the Cowboys.............hahahaha

The time is getting close, and I'm hoping my 'Boys will show some improvement.....at least a 10-6 record.

July 16, 2012  04:17 PM ET
QUOTE:

PHil Emery could be looking as Executive of the Year, with all the great changes that he has made.GSH 1 don't you miss Jerry Angelo...lol

Ted Thompson is by far the best executive in the NFL. He built this great Packers team primarily through the draft. Emery still has a lot to prove.

July 16, 2012  08:02 PM ET
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Ted Thompson is by far the best executive in the NFL. He built this great Packers team primarily through the draft. Emery still has a lot to prove.

Emery does have a lot to prove. Maybe some folks will give him that chance before they start comparing him to other execs in the league.

July 16, 2012  08:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm glad they finally signed Forte but it is premature to even discuss Emery as NFL Executive of the Year before the season even starts. I was very disappointed in the team's play last season.

The Bears were playing as good if not better than anyone else in the league last year before injuries ripped them apart, so if I were a Bears fan, I would stop short of saying they were a disappointment because of their play.

July 16, 2012  08:18 PM ET

Congrats to Matty Forte either way.

July 16, 2012  08:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Premature I totally disagree, the improvements that this team have made are tremendous.Phil Emery's job is provide Lovie Smith the beat team on paper that he can, and IMO he has done that, better than any GM in the history of this franchise.

How they play this season will be the only true measure of improvement.

July 16, 2012  08:30 PM ET
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The Bears were playing as good if not better than anyone else in the league last year before injuries ripped them apart, so if I were a Bears fan, I would stop short of saying they were a disappointment because of their play.

I'm an avid Bears fan and Matt Forte carried the team through most of the season. Our OL was porous and Cutler was under duress most of the time. Using injuries as an excuse is convenient but the fact is that the packers suffered twice as many as we did and it didn't slow them down. I am hopeful for this season but am keeping my fingers crossed.

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July 16, 2012  10:48 PM ET
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GSH 1 don't you miss Jerry Angelo...lol

Nope I don't miss J.A. LOL Emery has made some much needed changes but I also know he faces some tough contract issues ahead of him. It's a fine line to juggle the salary cap and keep the necessary players around to be competitive year after year like the Patriots, Steelers and Colts do year in and year out. How Emery manages this feat will tell us all we need to know from a fans standpoint. J.A.'s downfall wasn't cap management it was the missed draft picks and free agent blunders not all totally his fault but his weakness none the less. Let's hope Emery's first pick "McClellin" pans out at D.E. and he can manage the salary cap and not get into a cap nightmare. I'll reserve my opinion for a few years before I sing Emery praises or bashing and base my thoughts on him as as a GM after we see the results of a few years. So far so good though, I'm happy with what he's done so far and a definite improvement over J.A. but it was J.A. who got us Peppers and Cutler and drafted Forte etc. and did manage to assemble a team that made it to the 2006 Superbowl. Consistency is what J.A. lacked. let's hope Emery is able to be more consistent, only time will tell.

July 16, 2012  10:50 PM ET
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Congrats to Matty Forte either way.

Agreed Duke, I think it was a good deal for both Forte and the Bears, Forte didn't get all he wanted I'm sure but still got a good payday and I don't feel the Bears overpaid.

July 16, 2012  10:54 PM ET
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Agreed Duke, I think it was a good deal for both Forte and the Bears, Forte didn't get all he wanted I'm sure but still got a good payday and I don't feel the Bears overpaid.

He got $8 mill a year, but for only 4 years. Something tells me he will not be a Bear for more than that. Sounds like the Bears did what was best for their short term interests, at the same time as keeping Matty happy, for now.

July 16, 2012  10:59 PM ET
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I'm an avid Bears fan and Matt Forte carried the team through most of the season. Our OL was porous and Cutler was under duress most of the time. Using injuries as an excuse is convenient but the fact is that the packers suffered twice as many as we did and it didn't slow them down. I am hopeful for this season but am keeping my fingers crossed.

You can attribute some of that to coaching and player development, IMO the Bears have as talented players, the difference is the coaching and how prepared the back ups are at filling in for the starters.

I certainly don't think the Packers would have done as well if say Rodgers and say Nelson or Jennings would have missed several games, a team can over come injuries at certain positions but key players are a different thing. I was amazed at how well the Patriots did without Brady when Cassel filled in for him but totally the opposite occurred in Indy when Manning was out for a couple examples.

July 16, 2012  11:03 PM ET
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He got $8 mill a year, but for only 4 years. Something tells me he will not be a Bear for more than that. Sounds like the Bears did what was best for their short term interests, at the same time as keeping Matty happy, for now.

I agree, most backs careers are done by the age of 30 and Forte's contract runs up till he's 30 so I imagine that's the plan.

July 16, 2012  11:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Agreed Duke, I think it was a good deal for both Forte and the Bears, Forte didn't get all he wanted I'm sure but still got a good payday and I don't feel the Bears overpaid.

It was a good deal for the Bears but not the contract Forte wanted. He will be past his prime once this contract expires.

July 17, 2012  12:57 AM ET
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The Bears were playing as good if not better than anyone else in the league last year before injuries ripped them apart,

Really? Records show they started out with a 2-3 record.

 
July 17, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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I agree, most backs careers are done by the age of 30 and Forte's contract runs up till he's 30 so I imagine that's the plan.

I hope Forte is satisfied with his contract as he is an important part of our offense.

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