Forte to the Pats?

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Forte to the Pats?

Over at Rotoworld.com, 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.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Matt Beleskey a healthy scratch tonight vs. San Jose

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Matt Beleskey a healthy scratch tonight vs. San Jose

The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.

Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:  

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Backes

Cehlarik-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Hayes

Schaller-Moore-Nash

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

 

Rask 

Report: Kings have 'assured' Cousins that he won't be traded

Report: Kings have 'assured' Cousins that he won't be traded

With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching rumors will be swirling in every direction. 

One name that everyone is keeping an eye on is Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. But will he be on the move?

According to Cousins' agent, the Kings have assured the All-Star that he is not being traded.

The statement from Cousins' agent came less than an hour after Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Kings have recently had trade discussions involving the 26-year-old

In January CSN California reported that, barring a late change in direction by either side, DeMarcus Cousins intends to sign a $207 million extension this offseason that will keep the big man in a Kings uniform long-term.