Bears' second all-time rusher will forgo his senior year to enter the NFL draft
By Jay Heater
Lynch met with Tedford on Tuesday to discuss his future, and Tedford said he couldn't offer any argument as to why Lynch should return for his senior year. "I support that he is going out," Tedford said. "He has done a great job for us. He is considered to be one of the top, if not the top, back coming out. He is healthy and physically ready to go. I told him that I support him 100 percent." After doing some checking with NFL insiders, Tedford said he is convinced that "Marshawn will go high in the draft." If Lynch does go high in the draft, he will be worth millions. Tedford said it wouldn't make sense for him to risk that monetary reward by returning next season. "As a running back, you never know," Tedford said. "There are a lot of hits you take." Tedford was asked what he will remember about Lynch. "The excitement he brought to every game," he said. "Anytime he touched the ball, you had to hold your breath. It was phenomenal to see his runs." With Lynch leaving, senior-to-be Justin Forsett will inherit the starting tailback role. Forsett had 624 yards rushing this season. "We will be good there," Tedford said of next season's situation at tailback. "Justin will fill that role quite well, and we have quality backs in James Montgomery and Tracy Slocum (both redshirt freshmen)." Although Forsett is 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, Tedford said he will serve well as an every-down back. "He's extremely tough. And it's going to be the same way it was this year; we will need somebody to spell him as well."