Phillips on Forte: He's going to be a Bear


Phillips on Forte: He's going to be a Bear

Bears president Ted Phillips called into Chicago Tribune Live Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics. Among the highlights of the interview with David Kaplan were his job description for new general manager Phil Emery, Matt Forte's future and upcoming free agency.

On Matt Forte's future: "Matt Forte's going to be a Chicago Bear at least for 2012. We'll sit down before we have to make that decision on the franchise tag and talk about what we should do, how we should go about it, how we should approach Matt. Whatever happens, Phil will talk to Matt as needed in a professional manner.

"Everyone considers Matt Forte a really, really good player for us. We want him to help us, we think he can. Negotiations are two-way. At some point, if you can't get a deal done then you use whatever tools you have and we'll have to see over the next couple of weeks how that plays out... He's going to be a Bear."

On Emery: "He has the traditional powers that any typical general manager would have, including the powers that Jerry Angelo had as general manager and, in terms of the areas that are probably important to fans: he has the final authority of the 53-man roster and he has final authority in regards to the head coach after 2012.

"If he has to make the tough decision, it's one of the reasons I hired him. He definitely has presence, he has backbone, he's a tough guy and he's not afraid to make the tough decision and at some point every general manager has to make certain tough decisions."

On 2012 free agency: "In terms of free agency this year, you know, we've always been active. We'll be active again. We'll pick our spots, look for value, and we're going to weigh those free agent possibilities, depending on the positions and how they stack up versus what we can do in the draft."

To watch the entire interview, click on the video above.

Bears shift Pernell McPhee from PUP onto active roster

Bears shift Pernell McPhee from PUP onto active roster

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – In one of the few recent positive personnel developments for a beleaguered Bears team, linebacker Pernell McPhee was moved from his physically unable to perform status onto the active roster on Thursday.

The team waived fullback Paul Lasike to open a spot on the 53-man roster for McPhee, who has been working his way back from offseason knee surgery and only began practicing last Friday.

McPhee being active for the Green Bay game was still unknown mid-afternoon, and the outside linebacker has had just two practice sessions plus the team’s walk-through on Wednesday.

But McPhee was voted as one of the defensive co-captains and universally considered one of the emotional leaders on a team that has taken emotional hits for much of this season. Additionally, McPhee projects to provide a major lift for a spotty pass rush, although how soon he will be able to contribute in more than selected situation remains to play out.

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McPhee is not expected to play the majority of opponent’s snaps in whichever game he makes his return.

McPhee has appeared in 74 games over five seasons with the Ravens (2011-14) and Bears (2015), starting 18 contests, posting 155 tackles, 23 sacks, one interception, 10 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also owns one blocked field goal on special teams.

McPhee set career highs in tackles (64) and interceptions (one) in his first season as a Bear in 2015. He also ranked third on the Bears in sacks (six) and tied for second in tackles for a loss (10) in 2015. He helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl Championship after the 2012 season, posting four tackles, one sack, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the playoff run.

Former Bears Punky QB Jim McMahon wants Arizona to legalize marijuana

Former Bears Punky QB Jim McMahon wants Arizona to legalize marijuana

If it were up to Jim McMahon, marijuana would be legal in the state of Arizona.

The former Super Bowl-winning Bears quarterback is set to appear in a commercial on "Thursday Night Football" in which he encourages the people of Arizona to vote yes on Prop 205. By doing so, the recreational use of marijuana would be legal in the state.

McMahon, who holds an Arizona medical marijuana card, is an advocate for the recreational use of the drug as it's helped him treat pain from his 15-year NFL career.

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Check out McMahon's ad that will appear in Thursday's Bears-Packers game in the video below: