Monday marks the first day of the Bears' voluntary offseason workouts -- workouts, which Lovie Smith notes, that set the tone as the team prepares for training camp.
Bears running back Matt Forte will be absent during the practices as long as his contract is not fully worked out. The Bears are constructing a multi-year deal, but nothing has been reached to date.
Mandatory practices don't begin until the team holds mini-camp, which for the Bears, will take place in June. However, Forte would not be able to attend those practices until he is under contract.
Although Forte is said to receive a raise of over 7 million, he is waiting for a long-term contract that will guarantee him security throughout the upcoming seasons.
Is there anyone who wouldn't want to play with Patrick Kane?
Jeremy Roenick joined In The Loop on Wednesday to discuss which current Blackhawks he would like to play with, and naturally, the reigning MVP topped his list.
"He would be my No. 1 choice," Roenick said. "There's no question about it."
But Roenick said there are two more Blackhawks he would like to lace them up with.
"I wouldn't mind playing with (Artemi) Panarin also," he said. "I would love to play with Jonathan Toews. I think I'd play well with all three of them."
Roenick also gave high praise to coach Joel Quenneville, saying he is one of the best coaches in all of sports. Roenick even compared Quenneville to "the Bill Belichick of hockey."
See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.