Bears.com writer Larry Mayer answered a question about RB KaDeem Carey:
Q: I thought running back KaDeem Carey was a steal in the fourth round of the draft. How many carries do you see him getting this year?
A: That’s difficult to say, primarily because starter Matt Forte is such a versatile three-down back who’s capable of running inside and outside as well as catching passes. I know the coaching staff has a hard time taking Forte off the field, and who can blame them? Interestingly, the Bears’ backup running back got 112, 114 and 114 carries in Lovie Smith’s final three seasons as coach, but only 63 last year in Marc Trestman’s first season.
With that being said, I think that Carey has the potential to be more productive than predecessors Chester Taylor (267 yards and three touchdowns in 2010), Marion Barber (422 yards and 6 TDs on 2011) and Michael Bush (411 yards and 5 TDs in 2012 and 197 yards and 3 TDs in 2013).
But Carey must first prove that he can learn and execute pass-blocking assignments because protecting the quarterback is vital in Trestman’s offense. If you want me to guess, I’ll say that Carey will get 80 carries this season barring a serious injury to Forte, which breaks down to five per game.
It sounds like Mayer thinks Carey has the chance to play more of a role than Bush did last season. Carey seems like a guy to grab later in drafts as a potential handcuff to Forte, especially when you consider Forte will likely be one of the top-five RBs off the board later this summer. Of course there is some risk with drafting handcuffs and Carey may not get all of Forte's workload should Forte get hurt, but it's a situation worth monitoring if you plan to protect or draft Forte.
Hours before an NFL deadline, the Bears and Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte are finalizing a four-year contract, according to a source close to the situation.
The two sides had until 3 p.m. CST to work out a long-term deal or else Forte would have had to play the 2012 season under a franchise tag worth $7.742 million.
The deal is a relief to Forte, a second-round pick who had outperformed his four-year, $3.7 million rookie contract. Backups such as Chester Taylor and Marion Barber made more than him the last two seasons, although Forte hadn't missed a game until the final four of 2011 because of a sprained MCL.
Forte is rated eighth in standard leagues and fifth in PPR leagues in our rankings, and despite the sprained MCL last year should be healthy and ready to go in 2012. He may lose some work to backup Michael Bush, but he's now being paid like a RB1 and should be a good value as a late first round pick in your draft.
The Cowboys were interested in Boise State running back Doug Martin, but he wasn't able to visit Valley Ranch for a pre-draft visit because of last week's storms. Jones isn't a feature back -- in fact, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett continues to call him a complementary running back -- and the team did have internal discussions about trading him. If the Cowboys find a younger version, it wouldn't surprise anyone if he's let go. DeMarco Murray, Phillip Tanner and quite possibly a draft pick doesn't make the Cowboys significantly younger, but it does give them some fresh legs. Jones, like Marion Barber and Julius Jones before him, might need a fresh start somewhere else.
Running back Marion Barber has retired from the NFL, the Chicago Bears announced Friday.
The 28-year-old spent his first six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Bears for the 2011 season. On 1,156 carries, Barber rushed for 4,780 yards and 53 touchdowns in seven seasons. He was a fourth-round pick out of Minnesota in 2005, led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2006 (14) and made the Pro Bowl in 2007.
"I want to thank everyone who helped me become a better player," Barber said in a statement provided by the team. "I owe a lot to a lot of coaches, and am also very grateful to the owners and organizations I played for. Last but not least, I want to thank the fans for the support and inspiration they gave me."