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Top Five Teams For New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (Part 3)

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If you missed part one and two of this five part article and want to know why the Washington Redskins were the number five team to potentially land Thomas, check it out here. The Cincinnati Bengals were picked as the number four team, check it out here.

3. Chicago Bears:

Matte Forte has been solid number one running back for the Bears after being drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft, since ranking fifth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 4,731. Many criticized him for a “sophomore slump” after a rookie season where he eclipsed one thousand yards, but he has bounced back nicely.

Forte is currently attempting to secure a lucrative long-term contract with the Bears as he is scheduled to make only 550K under his current rookie contract but feels he deserves more given his production, and the Bears likely agree.

However coming to an acceptable deal for both parties could be tricky given the current state of CBA negotiations which leaves little certainty about how to structure future contracts.

Last season the Bears made a splash in free agency signing defensive end Julius Peppers and running back Chester Taylor, who was signed as an insurance policy in case Forte could not stay healthy or productive.

Forte stole the show last season however (1,069 rushing yards, 547 receiving yards) and saw the lion’s shares of the carries, but Taylor was not as productive as the team likely hoped he would be when spelling Forte (267 rushing yards, 2.4 yards per carry).

The Bears have to find a way to manufacture more production behind Forte to limit his carries to a reasonable amount. It will keep him fresher and healthier considering playing running back in the NFL imposes serious wear and tear on the human body.

Pierre could step right in and likely provide more production than Taylor. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz loves to run the screen game with running back in his offense and Thomas is known for being a great screen running back, so the fit seems a natural one.

Lastly you can’t forget Thomas’ ties to the Chicago area as he is from Lynwood and played collegiately at the University of Illinois. In 2007, his rookie season, Thomas had his best game as pro against the Bears when he rushed for 105 yards and caught twelve  passes for 121 yards with one receiving touchdown,

Surely the Bears have not forgotten about that game.