Long-term contract for Forte: Hope lives on

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Long-term contract for Forte: Hope lives on

INDIANAPOLIS -- The franchise-tag drumbeat surrounding Matt Forte hasnt changed tempo, which the running back may not especially like. And it wont, based on comments from coach Lovie Smith.

But Smith sounded a note Thursday that carried a fresh hint of hope that Forte will be a Chicago Bear longer term rather than shorter.

Knowing that Matt is going to play his football for the Chicago Bears, Smith said. You start with that. In time, hopefully we can get an agreement in place that suits Matt and we feel comfortable with. And I think its a matter of time, and thatll happen eventually...

The team hasnt changed its approach to Matt Forte at all. I think were on record on how important Matt is to our organization. Just him in the community. For what he and Danielle do. Just what they mean to us, and him as a football player.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Charlotte DL Larry Ogunjobi

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Charlotte DL Larry Ogunjobi

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte

6'3" | 305 lbs.

2016 stats:

65 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 3 sacks

Projection:

Second round

Scouting Report:

"Watching Ogunjobi play is like watching a more raw version of Sheldon Rankins and with a little less efficiency of movement. Like Rankins, Ogunjabi uses leverage, quickness, and strong hands to counter his average size. Size and below-average length will work against him for some teams, but others who covet disruptive defensive tackles who can play in the backfield and generate some pressure will be studying him closely. Has starting NFL potential." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: California WR Chad Hansen

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California WR Chad Hansen

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Chad Hansen, WR, California

6'2" | 202 lbs.

2016 stats:

92 receptions, 1,248 yards, 11 TD

Projection:

Third round

Scouting Report:

"Hansen has good combination of size and speed for the perimeter with an ability to climb over the top of cornerbacks and win the deep ball. He has average separation quickness when asked to work the first two levels, but he has the hands and strength to handle contested catch situations. An ascending prospect in draft circles who should hear his name called on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) of the daft with a chance to become a WR2." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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