Three and out: Forte to consider a holdout

Keep tabs on Forte this offseason: No one would argue that Matt Forte had a nice fantasy season in 2010. Before injuring his knee, he posted 52 catches and 1,487 yards from scrimmage in 12 games. With so many questions at running back, Forte definitely has first-round value in 2012. The lone issue, though, is a potential holdout. If the Bears don’t give Forte a contract extension and slap him with the franchise tag instead, there’s a real chance he could pull a Chris Johnson and sit out of training camp. If we have learned anything about players holding out, especially runners, it’s that there’s a greater risk of injury and a bigger potential for a decline in statistics. Clearly, this is a story to watch the coming months.

CJ2K will remain with the Titans: Despite the fact that he’s coming off an awful season, Chris Johnson is a lock to remain in Tennessee. The Daily News Journal reported that new general manager Ruston Webster said that he’ll focus on improving the running game in the offseason — and that means continuing to use Johnson in a featured role. It also means making sure the offensive line is up to snuff, a unit should be more cohesive in 2012. That’s good news for CJ2K, who is going to be a first- or second-round fantasy pick.

Eli returns to Giants practice: If you’re planning on starting Eli Manning in the NFL Playoff Challenge this weekend, you’ll be pleased to know that he returned to practice on Thursday. Manning was dealing with what coach Tom Coughlin called “a stomach bug” that caused him to miss part of Wednesday’s practice. He has been solid during the postseason, throwing for 607 yards and six touchdowns in wins over the Falcons and Packers. If you were smart enough to start him on Wild Card Weekend and stuck with him, you could end up getting quadruple points from Manning if the G-Men reach the Super Bowl.

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