Matt Forte - free agent - I think the Chicago Bears should re-sign Matt Forte because he's still a quality football player, but I understand that the team is probably ready to move on. Forte has said the most important thing he's looking for in a destination for 2016 is the chance to win a Super Bowl. Now depending on how close he feels the Bears are to that, will determine if he even entertains an offer from the Bears.
I know it's a different regime, but I think the Bears may do with Forte what they did when Brian Urlacher was a free agent. Let him go out and see what the market dictates for a 30 year old running back. If winning is truly his #1 goal, then Forte will weigh all offers against his chance for the postseason and go from there.
While I think the Bears are on the right track, I don't think the Bears are a slam dunk playoff contender in 2016.
EDIT: The Chicago Bears will not re-sign Matt Forte
Jeremy Langford - signed through 2018 - Langford proved two things in my opinion last season. He proved he can play at the NFL level and he proved that he should receive more opportunities moving forward. He did not prove that he's ready to be the Bears #1 tailback for the 2016 season. He may end up being just that and he may thrive in that role, but I think the Bears will be backfield by committee next year if Forte goes.
A lot of fans bring up the 3.6 yards per carry from Langford, but that doesn't even concern me. My biggest concern from last year was his suspect hands. It's possible it was just rookie jitters, because he showed decent hands at Michigan State, but the Bears have to be able to trust their #1 RB to catch the ball.
Ka'Deem Carey - signed through 2017 - I think Carey's ceiling is as a #3 RB/special teamer and that's OK. He just doesn't have the speed to be a game changing back, but that's not to say he can't be effective in spurts. He reminds me of Adrian Peterson. No not the Viking, the Bears' Peterson who played from 2002-2009 and racked up over a thousand yards rushing while being a key part of the 3rd phase.
Jacquizz Rodgers - free agent - He ended the season on IR and I'd be surprised if the Bears brought him back. Then again, he could be a cheap veteran added to the mix if Forte leaves.
Senorise Perry - signed through 2016 - John Fox and staff must have seen something in Perry to have placed him on IR with a foot injury instead of waiving him when he was hurt during preseason. Maybe it was his 89 yards in 10 carries in the preseason opener or maybe it was his special teams potential, either way, I expect him to at least be a part of the offseason program.
Paul Lasike - signed through 2016 - Lasike (5'11", 232) is listed as a FB/RB and that could be an important designation for the ex-BYU Cougar. Last year's offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, didn't use a fullback in his scheme, but new O.C., Dowell Loggains, did utilize a traditional fullback as the play caller in Tennessee. Maybe he offers the Bears some of that Mike Tolbert type of versatility.
2016 OUTLOOK - I didn't think the Bears would draft a tailback last season, but then GM Ryan Pace proved to be a best player available type of drafter. Bears head coach John Fox has also always went with the hot hand at tailback through the years, so if there's a high value player on their board available, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Bears pick one up.
Bears' fans, how would you feel about them drafting a guy in the 2nd round? Would a 6'2', 242 pound, Heisman Trophy winner, lined up in an I-Formation behind a bruising fullback do anything for you? I know big backs are hit and miss in the pros, but I really like the way Alabama's Derrick Henry runs the ball.
The Bears did speak with a fullback at the Senior Bowl, Northwestern's Dan Vitale. If they are going to utilize a fullback in 2016, it makes sense to draft one if their board falls just right. Either that, or we should expect an undrafted free agent FB or two. Also the Bears will no doubt bring in some UDFA running backs as well.
If the Bears are looking for a free agent fullback, how would you feel if they signed John Kuhn away from the Packers? Ex-Bear Tyler Clutts is also a free agent.
Since the Bears decided to let Forte walk, they may look to free agency for some tailback competition, but we're talking veteran minimum type guys. Because if the Bears plan on throwing real money at the position, it would have been at Matt Forte.
What do you think the Bears will do at the running back position in 2016?