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Bears Discussing Possibility Of Signing RB Montee Ball

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Bears are discussing the possibility of signing former Broncos RB Montee Ball to a contract after Matt Forte sustained a knee injury on Sunday.

  • According to Mortensen, this is a “wait and see” situation worth monitoring in the coming days.

Ball hasn’t found any reported interest since he worked out for the Patriots back in September.

There are obvious ties to the Bears, seeing as Ball spent the past few years working with HC John Fox and OC Adam Gase while in Denver.

Regarding Forte, Fox told reporters Monday that his injury isn’t believed to require surgery, and he should be able to return this season.

Ball, 24, was entering the third year of his four-year, $3.53 million rookie contract that included a $964,896 signing bonus when he was cut loose a few months ago.

It was surprising to see how much Ball has struggled since entering the NFL. He’s dealt with a number of injuries and wound up falling down the Broncos’ depth chart to the point where it was clear that they preferred their other options at running back.

In 2014, Ball was limited to appearing in just five games and rushing for 172 yards on 55 carries (3.1 YPC) to go along with nine receptions for 62 yards receiving and one total touchdown for the Broncos.