Need No. 13--Running back
Players on roster
RB Matt Forte (signed through 2011)
RB Kevin Jones (2010)
RB Garrett Wolfe (2010)
RB Adrian Peterson (2009)
As we wrote Monday, we probably would have moved this down the list a notch or two if we had it to do over again. No draft additions here are going to have a very easy time making the roster, not with Wolfe in place as a guy offensive coordinator Ron Turner needs to work more to get involved before the Bears can actually make a determination as to what they have. Jones figures to be the primary backup, however, after the Bears prevented him from signing with Buffalo by reeling him in with a $3.5 million, two-year contract. Jones disappeared at times last season, so much so that he was inactive on gameday, but never stopped working. It's a credit to him that he went to coach Lovie Smith and asked to be used on special teams, a role he relished and did well in. Jones got excited talking about playing special teams as a freshman at Virginia Tech where Frank Beamer is considered one of the best coaches in the country.
Forte was solid as a rookie and should get the opportunity to find more daylight with Jay Cutler at quarterback. The Bears are hoping a revamped line makes a difference also. Peterson is a crafty veteran who didn't get a lot of time on offense last season and didn't perform as well on special teams as he has in the past. He'll have to perform well in training camp to ensure a roster spot. Not every team keeps four running backs and the Bears would likely be in a position where they could only keep one fullback again in Jason McKie if they go with four backs. So keep an eye on Peterson, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Who the Bears have been looking at
We have not identified any players the Bears have been keeping tabs on at this position. A back will likely be signed for training camp.
Coming Wednesday: Center.