Bears signed No. 20 overall pick OL Kyle Long to a four-year contract.
The Bears' selection of Long was initially classified as a reach, but it has since been reported that both the Colts and Packers were eyeing the highly athletic lineman at the bottom of round one. Long is expected to line up at right guard as a rookie, but he can also play left guard and right tackle.
Bears GM Phil Emery says G/T Gabe Carimi, who is skipping voluntary OTAs to train in Arizona, will be welcomed back with "open arms."
"Gabe has made a decision that he wants to stay in Arizona and train," Emery said. "We respect that. And he'll be welcomed with open arms when he comes back." Carimi claims he's training away from the team because it's in his best interests after multiple knee surgeries. Upon return, Carimi will compete for a backup job with Eben Britton, James Brown, and Jonathan Scott.
The Bears have made little progress in long-term talks with franchise player DT Henry Melton.
Melton signed his $8.5 million franchise tender on March 12. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement. "We're just kind of talking through some things," Melton said. "Everyone is getting set up and getting the drafted guys done. Hopefully we can sit down and get something done." The Bears locked up franchise player Matt Forte just before the deadline last year. Talks with Melton will likely go down to the wire.
Earl Bennett expects to be used "all over the place" in the Bears offense.
"This offense, actually, it moves everybody around," Bennett said in a Wednesday radio interview. "So you're not just stuck in one spot. I won't be just primarily a slot guy. ... That's what I love about this offense: you never know where you're gonna be." The Bears are clearly opening things up one year after "OC" Mike Tice reined them in, but Bennett isn't a legitimate fantasy threat after watching his yardage total fall for the third straight year last season. Bennett's $2.25 million salary is steep for a player who's averaged 378 yards the past two seasons.
Brandon Marshall (hip surgery) is not participating in this week's OTAs, as expected.
Marshall underwent a scope in January and is not quite at 100 percent yet. Although it's his third procedure on the troublesome joint, no one around the Bears appears concerned. Marshall has missed just five games in his seven-year career and is coming off a sparkling 118/1508/11 campaign.
Matt Forte expects an increase in receptions this season.
Forte averaged just 2.9 grabs per game last season after averaging 3.7 between 2008-11. "Coach (Marc) Trestman, I think he said he watched a lot of film on me and has seen me run different routes," Forte said. "So we'll get back to catching the ball out of the backfield like we did the prior years." Forte also saw his yards per carry slump to 4.4 last season after he averaged 4.7 in 2010-11. Forte has racked up a lot of wear and tear his five years in the league, but should remain a high-end RB2 in a Bears offense that is striving to be more explosive this season.