Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network is reporting that the Chicago Bears and unsigned franchise RB Matt Forte are extremely close to reaching a long-term deal. The two sides have been at odds over a new contract for much of the past two seasons, but it appears that the Bears are finally ready to sign one of the NFL’s best running-backs to a long-term deal.
In NBA news, reports of a three-team deal are leaking out that may send Dwight Howard to the L.A. Lakers, while in return sending Andrew Bynum to the Cleveland Cavaliers and, a number of draft picks,prospects, and cap relief to the Orlando Magic.
The news is not as good for unsigned Lions franchise DE Cliff Avril, as he has stated that he’s “not getting a good vibe” about reaching a long-term deal before Monday’s deadline. If a deal isn’t reached, he’ll likely report to camp and play on his $10.6 million tender.
Eagles QB Michael Vick is vehemently stressing his desire to stay healthy for every game during the 2012 NFL season. Vick has only managed to play a full 16-game season without injury only once, so while he’s stressing staying healthy and avoiding the big hits he takes from being a running-QB, its highly unlikely that he’ll make it through every game unscathed.