2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Chicago Bears
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bears didn't make the playoffs last year but still went 10-6. This is a solid football team with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. The Bears had a lot of injury issues last season but still produced. If they can stay healthy, this team can return to the playoffs. The offense should be better with Trestman at the helm and this defense always plays tough. Chicago is setup for a good season and can return to the playoffs. We aren't sure this is a Super Bowl caliber team but at least a playoff team.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Alshon Jeffery, WR. Jeffery is the favorite to start this year in Chicago, a team that should be better offensively. New coach Marc Trestman will help the offense and be more pass-friendly, which should open up the passing game. This bodes well for all involved in the passing attack. The Bears need someone to step up opposite Brandon Marshall and Jeffery fits the bill. He can stretch the field with his speed and size. Jeffery is capable of the big game in this offense and should get more targets than his rookie season. Expect good things from the talented second-year receiver.

FANTASY DUD

Matt Forte, RB. Forte continues to churn out good yardage numbers and produce for fantasy teams. He is a pretty sure bet for good yards and nice reception totals but he continue to struggle to score and is starting to show signs of wear, missing games each of the last two seasons. Forte hasn't scored double-digit scores since his rookie season and is likely to miss out on the goal-line work again this year. We think a decline could be in store for Forte this season. There are some signs pointing towards this for Forte, who turns 28 this season.

Team Notes

Apr 22, 09:52 AM Chicago Bears WR Joshua Morgan is likely to compete for the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver role this year, and he'll compete with WRs Domenik Hixon, Eric Weems and Chris X. Williams for a role on special teams.
Apr 21, 04:02 PM The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent WR Joshua Morgan (Redskins) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll compete for a backup role with the team.
Apr 19, 11:32 AM The Chicago Bears probably will select a running back in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to compete with RB Michael Ford for the No. 2 running back job. The team could also add a running back or two after the draft.
Apr 19, 09:52 AM The Chicago Bears could target a quarterback in the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in free agency to provide competition for backup QB Jordan Palmer.
Apr 16, 01:53 PM The Chicago Bears have waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.
Apr 11, 07:12 PM Chicago Bears WR Eric Weems could be a candidate for the kick returner job if he makes the team this upcoming season.
Apr 11, 07:12 PM Chicago Bears WR Eric Weems has accepted a pay cut in order to remain with the team. His 2014 salary has gone from $1 million to $730,000. He could earn an additional $100,000 as part of a workout bonus.
Apr 09, 04:53 PM The Chicago Bears are expected to make a contract offer to free-agent LS Patrick Mannelly (Bears) if he decides to continue his playing career. Mannelly indicated he likely will retire if he does not re-sign with the Bears.
Apr 08, 11:23 PM The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Patriots) on a one-year deal Tuesday, April 8.
Apr 07, 06:02 PM The Chicago Bears met with free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Patriots) Monday, April 7.
Apr 06, 08:52 PM Chicago Bears C Brian De La Puente is expected to be the backup to C Roberto Garza at starting center this upcoming season.
Apr 05, 07:02 PM Chicago Bears OT Jordan Mills (foot) is on track to take part in OTAs.
Apr 03, 05:42 PM Chicago Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery last month, and he's expected to be out four to five months, which will keep him from participating in offseason training activities and minicamps. 'I know I'm going to have to compete for my position on this team,' Conte said. 'I am prepared to do that and felt having this surgery was the best way to be 100 percent healthy and be the best player I can possibly be.'
Apr 03, 01:12 PM The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with OT Eben Britton on a one-year contract Thursday, April 3. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 31, 11:13 PM According to a source, free-agent RB Michael Bush (Bears) is set to visit with the New England Patriots.
Mar 27, 08:12 PM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he is not concerned that he is entering the final year of his contract because, he expects a deal to happen at some point. 'I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, I'm glad to be a Bear for another year and I'm going to force them to sign me after next year,' Marshall said. 'One way or another, they're going to get the deal done. But if it comes down to next year, I'll be picketing outside of Halas Hall for a new deal, a new contract, because I'm not going anyplace.'

Offseason Keys

Additions:
TE Martellus Bennett, OT Eben Britton, OT Jermon Bushrod, OG Matt Slauson, DL Turk McBride, LB James Anderson, LB D.J. Williams, FS Tom Zbikowski. 

Losses:
QB Jason Campbell, WR Devin Thomas, TE Kellen Davis, TE Matt Spaeth, OG Lance Louis, OG Chris Spencer, DL Anthony Adams, LB Geno Hayes, LB Nick Roach, LB Brian Urlacher, CB D.J. Moore. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  20 Kyle LongOL
 # 2  18 Jon BosticLB
 # 4  20 Khaseem GreeneLB
 # 5  30 Jordan MillsOL
 # 6  20 Cornelius WashingtonDL
 # 7  27 David BassDL
 # 7  30 Marquess WilsonWR
 Undrafted Austin SignorK
 Undrafted Michael FordRB

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Cincinnati
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     Minnesota
3     Sep 21 8:30PM     at Pittsburgh
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Detroit
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     New Orleans
6     Oct 9 8:25PM     New York Giants
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Washington
-- Week 8 Bye --
9     Nov 3 8:40PM     at Green Bay
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     Detroit
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Baltimore
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at St Louis
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Minnesota
14     Dec 8 8:40PM     Dallas
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Cleveland
16     Dec 21 8:30PM     at Philadelphia
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     Green Bay
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