Forte to the Pats?


Forte to the Pats?

Over at, writer Evan Silva notes that April is a notorious month for wheeling and dealing in the NFL there were 18 April trades in 2010 and offers up 10 candidates to be traded before the NFL Draft.

He also wastes no time in grabbing every Patriot fan's attention:
1. Bears running back Matt ForteForte has done his best to make the organization look bad in repeated ESPN appearances, complaining about his contract status. He was particularly displeased with the Bears' signing of Michael Bush, even though shared rushing attempts could actually work to prolong Forte's career. Forte is a good back. New GM Phil Emery knows it, or else he wouldn't have slapped Forte with the franchise tag. But the Bears now have a starting-caliber replacement, and can find another on day two of the draft. On the trade market, Forte could fetch a second-round pick and then some.Prediction: Traded to New England for second- and sixth-round picks.

Man, wouldn't that be something? Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran hinted that it may be a possibility on Pro Football Talk Live on Tuesday.

It kind of makes sense.

At this point, the bond with Forte is beyond repair. In fact, if Chicago doesn't trade him, there's a good chance he holds out. So why even put yourself through that? If you're the Bears, you have Bush to lead the backfield, Brandon Marshall to alleviate pressure off the running game, a healthy Jay Cutler and a pretty good offense. Time to move on from the Forte drama, right?

Right. And seeing how the Pats need another veteran runner, and have the draft picks to make a move, they seem like a solid suitor.

Can you imagine Forte in this offense? Can you imagine this offense with Forte?

BenJarvus Green-Whois?

But here's my question: Even though the Pats have the cap space, do we really think they'd be willing to meet Forte's contract demands? Is he really going to get the money here that he couldn't in Chicago? I doubt it.

Also, there's this: Matt Forte isn't a great goal line back. That's why the Bears brought in Marion Barber last year, and one of the reasons they brought in Bush this year.

And what does this Patriots running game need most at the moment? That's right someone like BenJarvus Green-Whois; a bruising, short-yardage back that can barrel through the trenches. And that's not Forte.

Still, you can't help but get a little excited about the prospect of a talent like his coming to New England. Even if it's just a brief refresher between your mass daily doses of Tebowmania.

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Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions. 

McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup


McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It was a bitter pill for Adam McQuaid to sit out the first five games of this season, but it looks like the veteran Bruins stay-at-home defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup. McQuaid was cleared to potentially play in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens after an upper body injury kept him shelved for the team’s first four games, and could be approaching a return in the next few days as Claude Julien mulls a number of possible lineup changes.

“It was obviously frustrating, but I’m where I’m at now and trying to move on from it. Looking forward to getting back into the lineup hopefully as soon as possible here,” said the 30-year-old McQuaid, who had a goal and nine points in 64 games for the Black and Gold last season. “The excitement level is high for me, and it is for everybody after a loss when you’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“It would have been nice to have started the season with the guys, but you can’t change that now. I’ve had some good practices, and I’m just trying to my game as simple as possible, and take it as it comes. Obviously guys have played some games and it’s been a couple of weeks for me, so I’ll just have to keep my game simple.”

The B’s bench boss indicated it was only a matter of time before McQuaid makes his 2016-17 regular season debut, but that he’s got plenty of things to decide prior to dropping the puck against the Wild.

“[McQuaid] was cleared last game. I haven’t made any decisions based for [Tuesday night vs. Minnesota]. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I’ve just go to juggle those things,” said Julien. “Who knows? Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ve got a better picture [of injury situation], and if not then it will be game-time decisions. I wish I could have a better answer [on if McQuaid will play], but I’ve got no answers right now.”

With Colin Miller (minus-4), Joe Morrow, Torey Krug (a rough minus-3 against Montreal) and John-Michael Liles all minus players after the first five games of the season, there are ample options for Julien on which potential blueliner to bump up to the press box. McQuaid is just happy he’s getting closer to a return while skating with 23-year-old Rob O’Gara at practice, and he can get back to helping a B’s team that’s smack dab in the middle (ranked 15th allowing 3.0 goals per game) of the NHL for team defense this season.