Three and out: Forte and the franchise tag

Bears could franchise Forte: Bears president Ted Phillips suggested the team would franchise RB Matt Forte if they can’t agree on a long-term deal. So it seems one way or another, Forte will be a Bear next season. But Forte has implied that he could hold out if hit with the franchise tag, adding an air of drama to what promises to be the Bears’ biggest storyline of the offseason. With new OC Mike Tice saying he’d like to better use his personnel this season, a healthy and motivated Forte could find himself as a second-round selection in a lot of fantasy drafts. If he instead opts to hold out, then all bets are off.

Reid non-committal on Jackson’s future: Speaking of guys looking to get paid, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is scheduled to be a free agent. So far, the answer from coach Andy Reid as to whether or not Jackson will return is a resounding maybe. Expectations were high last season for Jackson, who disappeared for long stretches from the Eagles’ passing game. Jackson caught more than five passes in a game three times and eclipsed 100 receiving yards twice last season. Wherever he lands for 2012, Jackson has yet to prove he can be a No. 1 receiver, making it difficult to advocate him as a No. 1 fantasy receiver.

Henne back to Miami?: Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland went out of his way to praise QB Chad Henne, going so far as to say he could return to Miami next season. That would make for an interesting quarterback competition in the fall. Matt Moore still has one year left on his deal, while heavy speculation abounds that the ‘Fins and new head coach Joe Philbin will pursue free agent Matt Flynn. The good news is that regardless of who is slinging the ball for Miami next season, it shouldn’t affect the value of Brandon Marshall who solidified himself as a high-end No. 2 or low-end No. 1 WR.

— Marcas Grant

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