Bears Free Agents 2012: Star RB Matt Forte Set To Become Unrestricted Free Agent

The Chicago Bears missed out on the playoffs in 2011 due in part to untimely injuries to key players. They will have some weaknesses they'll look to shore up in 2012, however, which they will be doing under the guidance of a brand-new general manager.

The Bears have a relatively small class of players who will enter free agency on March 13, but there are important names in that class that they will likely look to retain.The most notable name is that of Matt Forte, Chicago's star running back. The Bears are unlikely to let Forte slip through their fingers and will likely place the franchise tag on him if they are unable to work out a long-term deal.

Here is the full list of impending Bears free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.

Restricted Free Agents (1)

RB Kahlil Bell

Unrestricted Free Agents (13)

QB Caleb Hanie
QB Josh McCown
RB Matt Forte
WR Roy Williams
TE Kellen Davis
DE Israel Idonije
DT Amobi Okoye
CB Zackary Bowman
CB Corey Graham
CB Tim Jennings
S Brandon Meriweather (cannot be franchised)
S Craig Steltz
LS Chris Massey

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