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Matt Forte thinks Bears are “grinding me into a pulp”

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On the field, Matt Forte has been the Bears’ best player this season. Off the field, he has rarely missed an opportunity to complain about his contract.

Forte’s latest complaint is that the Bears seem willing to break down his body by making him a workhorse back, but they’re not willing to pay him like a workhorse back.

The running back position is the most physically demanding on the field,” Forte told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Everyone acknowledges that. So to continue to give me the touches I’ve had since my rookie year but not award me a long-term contract sends the message that you’re OK grinding me into a pulp.”

Forte is right, in the sense that the Bears have no long-term investment in Forte and therefore aren’t thinking about keeping Forte healthy in the long term. What the Bears want is for Forte to help them win now, which is why they’ve given him 124 carries and 38 catches this year, which puts him on pace for 370 total touches this season.

But Forte also seems resigned to the fact that the Bears have more leverage than he does.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Forte said. “It’s up to them. They hold the contract extensions and the franchise tags in their hands. It’s kind of getting old right now. Every time you talk to somebody, ‘How come they’re not paying you, man?’ I have no idea. I feel like if it was anybody else on any other team, I think they would have rewarded their player.”

So far, all of Forte’s complaints don’t appear to be a distraction in the Bears’ locker room. But it can’t be good for any team to have its best player so unhappy. This has the potential to get ugly.

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  1. broncobeta says: Nov 2, 2011 3:11 PM

    Well, they are.

  2. alldayvikings says: Nov 2, 2011 3:12 PM

    Hope it gets ugly this Monday cuz I’m playing against him in fantasy.

  3. sumoson says: Nov 2, 2011 3:13 PM

    Lets have a repeat of thomas jones leaving Da Bears …. Send him to the Jets baby !!!!!

  4. nogoodell says: Nov 2, 2011 3:13 PM

    No moral obligation in sports

  5. shieldsisland37 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:15 PM

    He is making 600,000 a year to catch a football and run around. Cry me a fricken river.

  6. spottedviking says: Nov 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    Enough of the whining Forte! Airing out the dirty laundry in public is getting nausiating. We get it, you want a new contract (and probably deserve one) but don’t need to hear about it daily.

  7. thevza says: Nov 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    If you’ve ever had a job where you were being overworked and underpaid, you know your performance was affected. I can’t imagine why the stooges in the Bears front office couldn’t work something out during the bye week.

  8. devrick says: Nov 2, 2011 3:17 PM

    The Titans should trade Chris Johnson for him.

  9. schmitty2 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:17 PM

    They need to pay the man. I shiver to think how bad the Bear’s offense would be without him

  10. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:17 PM

    if they don’t watch out they’re gonna run off their entire team. I know Briggs and Forte want out and I bet there are others who are keeping their mouths shut.

  11. eli2tyree4 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:19 PM

    He is sooo right it is unbelievable. It is amazing too, cause he really cant do anything about it. Hope other players remember how the Bears are treating himand it comes back to haunt them in the future.

  12. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Nov 2, 2011 3:22 PM

    Thats the way it is for pro running backs. There are the Bic Lighters of the NFL- buy them cheap and replace them cheap when they no longer perform.

    If Forte has a problem with that then he should have been a quarterback when he was growing up.

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 2, 2011 3:23 PM

    Seems like everyone is complaining except the man who’s leading the league in getting sacked.

  14. pftstory says: Nov 2, 2011 3:25 PM

    He should be given credit for honoring his contract, where others don’t. But he signed it to be the back for the Bears, be it 170 carries or 370.
    To say the Bears have no investment in protecting his long term health is silly. They have a great back who do to franchise tag options cannot walk away. It serves the Bears to have that back available for years to come. They do lose value if he breaks down.

  15. rowdymon says: Nov 2, 2011 3:25 PM

    How come no player has done a mid-season holdout? If he sat down right now I’m pretty sure a long-term deal would happen in about 2 weeks. Don’t want to see that happen, but it could be a new strategy.

  16. iknowitallandmore says: Nov 2, 2011 3:25 PM

    Sorry Matt, you can blame Chris Johnson for the way the Bears are treating you

  17. cowboyhater says: Nov 2, 2011 3:26 PM

    Has anyone told Forte that this is a contact sport? If you didn’t want to get hit, then you should take up another sport. Your team sees where their strengths are, and use it to their advantage. If he can’t see that, then he is not a good teammate.

  18. goawayeverybody says: Nov 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    If I were Matt Forte, I would sit out NOW. The Bears can’t possibly live without him. Make them give you a good contract Matt!

  19. tecmobowl34 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:30 PM

    The only leverage Forte has in this is to not show up after the Bye. If I were him, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over doing so.

  20. shamburg says: Nov 2, 2011 3:30 PM

    Attaboy, Forte!! Create havok in the lockerroom just in time to come to Philly and play my Eagles!

  21. steviemo says: Nov 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    It’s criminal what they’re doing to Forte.

  22. lucky5934 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:32 PM

    Well, yeah! You are their best offensive player. That is usually how NFL teams attempt to win games… by focusing their game plan around their best players.

  23. steviemo says: Nov 2, 2011 3:34 PM

    Forte should stage a one-man strike, and come what may. Just not show up. It would be a bold move but wait’ll they see what that team does without him. It’s time for athletes to take bold moves when they’re mistreated.

  24. bbrophy1 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:35 PM

    This is why guys like T.O. act the way they do. The team has all the leverage UNTIL you become a big enough lockerroom problem that you impact the entire team and affect an entire season. His next move should be to sit out with strep throat

  25. toad8572 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:36 PM

    He can’t sit without losing paychecks (withholding services).

    I’d rather see him slow down and become less effective until a new contract is reached. If the Bears cut him due to weak performance, he can sign elsewhere with a new contract.

  26. newagerocker says: Nov 2, 2011 3:36 PM

    You’ll be playing against a team with another player who has drastically out played his rookie contract and is waiting to get paid on Monday. So you’re not the only one out there.

  27. TheDPR says: Nov 2, 2011 3:39 PM

    Why aren’t they paying Forte?

    Because they’re one of the worst run franchises in the league. There might be a half-dozen or so worse, but the Bears are definitely in the bottom ten.

  28. danospleasanton says: Nov 2, 2011 3:40 PM

    I feel bad for this guy. I don’t think anyone would fault a hamstring pull by Forte. I mean a tough long hamstring injury. Most peeps know Forte is the man but his own organization…no respect for the player or his family. Way to go Bears!

  29. lilrob10201 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:46 PM

    You don’t hear Lesean McCoy whinning about his contract.

  30. stixzidinia says: Nov 2, 2011 3:47 PM

    The reason they won’t pay him is simple: RB’s are a dime a dozen. And he’s no Adrian Peterson.

  31. stoutfiles says: Nov 2, 2011 3:48 PM

    All of you wanted the Titans to pay Chris Johnson as well, and look what happened there. Waste of money.

    Not only is the RB the most replaceable position, it is almost entirely dependent on blocking schemes. See Denver after Terrell Davis left; they had 1000 yd backs left and right. It’s a plug and play position, certain backs deserve money but we all know Forte wants A LOT of money which would be wasteful.

  32. stavreafavre says: Nov 2, 2011 3:48 PM

    Well, he could do something about it, by faking injuries or going down when the first defender touched him. It’s a credit to him that he’s too much of a man to do that. Bears management doesn’t deserve him. Welcome to Corporate America Matt. Hope you get paid fairly somewhere, preferably out of the NFC North.

  33. hendeeze says: Nov 2, 2011 3:48 PM

    The Bears want to know, after resigning will he be Franky G, or CK2k?

  34. eaglessuperfan says: Nov 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    The guy is a really good player, but the running back shelf life is so short anymore. I think the players need to except less and take a long term deal more quickly. I’m not saying take nothing but it is not the BIG money position that it was because of the wear and tear. I know that some have been able to get it but it is becoming less and less the norm. Take care of your future cause your body is gonna be wrecked when they let you go. Best of luck you man hope you get the money you have earned.

  35. drbob117 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    If you think the Bears are grinding you into a pulp, wait until the Eagles get a hold of you on Monday.

  36. sirdrinksalot says: Nov 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    The bears are so cheap. Pay the man.

  37. row60 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    He can take it. He’s a man, he’s Forte.

  38. waxthat says: Nov 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    shouldve paid da man like the Niners paid der man in da offseason. Bottom line, Bears are cheap.

  39. bearsfanohio says: Nov 2, 2011 3:51 PM

    shieldsisland37 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:15 PM

    He is making 600,000 a year to catch a football and run around. Cry me a fricken river.

    …and get physically beat up, and potentially suffer long term physical damage, all for your entertainment. If the going rate for a running back of his caliber was $600,000 a year, you’d have a point. It’s not. I understand people thinking that players are paid too much, but the audience keeps watching and buying tickets and the Sunday ticket, and the money exists. Everybody in every business compares their compensation to those in their same position elsewhere in the field. If top performers in whatever field you are in make X amount per year, and you are being offered 5% of that market value, you’d be angry too. Whatever the value of X is inconsequential. Stop watching and feeding them money if it bothers you so much.

  40. cubancigar10 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:51 PM

    If the league went to annual incentives then they would be paid for what they produce now. sound familiar?

  41. bullcharger says: Nov 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    According to wikipedia the Franchise tag for running back is currently worth $8,156,000 for one year. The guy should just play out the year and collect his paycheck next year. Then he can hold out in 2013 if he want’s a long term deal.

  42. Pacific NW Mark says: Nov 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    Just 9 more games, Matt, and you’re going to be taken care of, one way or the other – franchise tag money will be a hefty raise over what you’re making now.

    When even the fans in Londaon have signs saying ‘pay the man’, you’ve made your point. We’ve got it. Time to start letting your on field play do your talking for you – it’s more eloquent than any other argument you can make.

  43. freebird2011 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    Well, Forte ought to send a thank you note to Chris Johnson for raising the league average for the top 5 RBs in terms of pay. If the Bears put the franchise tag on Forte, he’s going to get a big raise regardless.

    Forte’s leverage derives from signing the franchise tag, which thereby forces the Bears to use up a ton of salary cap room on a one year salary. Indeed, without the ability to spread out some of the cost over several years, that’s going to be a huge chunk out of the Bears cap.

    To free up cap room, the Bears would need to sign Forte to a multi-year deal. Of course, they could let Forte go, select another RB high in the next draft, and take the likely 3d Rd compensatory pick in 2013 they’d probably receive for losing Forte for the 2012 season.

  44. jackblackshairyback says: Nov 2, 2011 3:54 PM

    He may be complaining,but at leats he’s out there earning the right to complain *cough*PeytonHillis*cough*

  45. cmutimmah says: Nov 2, 2011 4:01 PM

    This is year 4 and he’s mad 600k each year… so he has 2.4 million he’ll have been paid at the end of the year plus whatever his signing bonus was… and he’s “starving” (As he said in a previous article)

    Salaries in sports are hilarious, but the players attitudes are even worse.

    40 times minimum wage isn’t enough for 16 weeks work playing a game. Not to mention sponsorship and appearance money….

    Now that’s being said, because of the going rates in the NFL, he should be paid. But to call himself starving is disgusting.

  46. bombacim says: Nov 2, 2011 4:02 PM

    Sorry – I can’t feel bad for a guy who turned down 15 million gauranteed during training camp. You won’t be worth that in two years. Studies prove this. You can thank the likes of Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, and even Shaun Alexandar for the smart business decision being made here.

  47. ultimatecardinalwarrior says: Nov 2, 2011 4:09 PM

    Matt Forte = Curt Flood

  48. richm2256 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:10 PM

    Dear Matt,

    You signed me 3 years ago – without limitations – and I was good enough for you then, right?

    Sincerely,
    Your Contract

  49. will447 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:10 PM

    I never like hearing complaints about players contracts, but I cant fault a player for wanting to get paid especially in a position that holds a shelf life of 3-5 top level years. He is the offense and they are using the hell out of him… Keep it even and give him his contract.

    A Holdout player has to report by week 10 to get credit for the season, Forte should stop playing after week 10.

  50. petehemlock says: Nov 2, 2011 4:12 PM

    He should partner with Rajon Rondo and open a Kia dealership.

  51. KIR says: Nov 2, 2011 4:23 PM

    Chris Johnson is a genius compared to Forte. Should have held out before the season. You have no one else to blame except yourself. Get hurt, old or let your production go down and see how much that signed contract means to the Bears.

  52. cliffordc05 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:29 PM

    From a franchise point of view, a running back should not be signed for more than two years after their rookie contract. If the player is truly outstanding then the franchise tag should be used. Chris Johnson is just the latest in numerous running backs who have failed to perform after getting the dollars.

  53. tuckyous says: Nov 2, 2011 4:29 PM

    Pay this man a front loaded five year deal.

  54. preventoffense says: Nov 2, 2011 4:31 PM

    Chris Johnson ruined it for all RB’s

  55. cygnusx3 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    Stud runningbacks are starting to become a dime a dozen in the NFL, and with their short shelf-life, they’re easily replaceable. These RB’s need to get use to the fact that they might get ran into the ground, just to be replaced the next year via draft or a second or third best RB from another team. It’s obvious Forte will be playing for someone else next season, and probably for more than if the Bears resigned him. So, he ought to be happy he’s about to be paid by someone else.

  56. donl517 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    A Holdout player has to report by week 10 to get credit for the season, Forte should stop playing after week 10.

    That is not true under the new contract, they have to report by the start of the season to get credit.

  57. preventoffense says: Nov 2, 2011 4:34 PM

    If he is quiet and productive, he increases his value. That franchise tag is a nice pay day if it comes to that.

  58. yzguy431 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:37 PM

    Thats the way it is for pro running backs. There are the Bic Lighters of the NFL- buy them cheap and replace them cheap when they no longer perform.

    exactly right. and look at CJ, he got paid. where’s his production?

  59. packersrule12 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:45 PM

    If I was you I would stop playing right now, that’ll show them.

  60. rcali says: Nov 2, 2011 4:45 PM

    Even if they “Pay the Man” he’ll be whining about a new contract in two years anyway. Teams can’t win at this game. Thank Chris Johnson, again.

  61. comeonnowguys says: Nov 2, 2011 4:56 PM

    waxthat says: Nov 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    “shouldve paid da man like the Niners paid der man in da offseason. Bottom line, Bears are cheap.”

    Carolina built the coffin for RB contract sanity; San Francisco drove in the final nail.

    And here we are.

  62. realdraftgm says: Nov 2, 2011 4:57 PM

    Here is what Forte should do just what Chris Johnson did except Forte should actually stay in shape during his time off unlike Johnson you know work with Michael Johnson or Eddie George or maybe both maybe Marshall Faulk some too. People forget Peterson out of college everyone was worried about him being tall and running high and Eddie George worked with him on leverage and pad level and things like that. Yes Forte is a different back but my point is he has many options to stay in shape during his lockout if he goes the Chris Johnson route as he should. That is when he has the leverage just not during the season because he is not gonna walk out on urlacher and the team in midseason he is just not that kind of guy.

  63. comeonnowguys says: Nov 2, 2011 5:00 PM

    Also, if Forte is intent on trying his contract situation in the court of public opinion, the absolute worst thing he could do along those lines is stop playing midseason. It makes for a lot of angry jurors.

    But what do I know? Bears fans are the shining example of forgiving, forgetting and moving on, you know.

  64. childressrulz says: Nov 2, 2011 5:01 PM

    He did sign up to play RB in the NFL right? He should know the life expectancy of an NFL RB. If I am an NFL owner I would never pay any RB big money because it seems like when they get paid they quit trying.

  65. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 2, 2011 5:01 PM

    Easiest position for a rookie to pick up and play. Forte if you weren’t any good you wouldn’t get the ginding. Tough luck you drafted by the Meatheads of the Midway. Atleast your not in Seattle.

  66. granadafan says: Nov 2, 2011 5:02 PM

    It’s slavery, I tells ya, slavery! Tiki is flabbergasted!

  67. gdeli says: Nov 2, 2011 5:02 PM

    They don’t call the spring event “the combine” for no reason. Yes, the nfl uses you and spits you out. But you can end up a millionaire and never have to work again either if you manage your money right. They paid adrian way more than forte but forte deserves some fair money. chris johnson was making 6 digits until this year and then who knows why his production went down. something happened.

  68. nebster21 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:05 PM

    of course they are. They are getting their moneys worth and than they are going to kick you to the curb. You should get a non carrying hand injury that makes you sit out until you can get someone to pay you like the Redskins, Jets, or Cardinals.

  69. dhnation21 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:06 PM

    NFL Franchises are businesses and the Bears run theirs as such. The Bears own Forte this year and next year he’ll be franchised. At the conclusion of the 2012 season his contract status will be re-evaluated. It may sound unfair that he’s having such a successful season without getting paid but its actually pretty savvy. If he gets paid now and in 2013 he’s washed up, the GM gets another strike against his job and that is also not fair. GMs are supposed to pay for future production and the Bears don’t have to do that yet.

  70. lameasish says: Nov 2, 2011 5:09 PM

    Everyone keeps saying running backs are a dime a dozen, which is partly true, but how many guys are putting up his numbers, (less than a dozen haha) he’s not a bum wanting money he doesn’t deserve, he deserves a new contract. So you say they are a dime a dozen, I say name 5 running backs that are playing better than him?

  71. superchunks says: Nov 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    Can we get a count on how many times writers on this site have predicted that things may get ugly in the Chicago locker room. I’m guessing that they are already ugly but that everyone still wants their high paying jobs so they all continue to do their high paying jobs, ugly or not ugly.

  72. jmota222 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:11 PM

    They need to pay this guy already !! It’s a disgrace what they are doing and sends the wrong message to the entire team!! This guy is worth more than cj2k cause of his pass catching abilities!!

  73. isphet71 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:11 PM

    Sounds like the Bears – wear their RB out, don’t pay him in the off season, watch him falter and be overpaid elsewhere (because you ground him out this year,) and then exclaim: “See?!? That’s why we didn’t want to pay him!”

    Classy.

  74. bozosforall says: Nov 2, 2011 5:12 PM

    shieldsisland37 says:
    Nov 2, 2011 3:15 PM
    He is making 600,000 a year to catch a football and run around. Cry me a fricken river.

    __
    While you are being paid the prevailing welfare rate by the government to sit at home and pick your nose. Cry your own self a river, loser.

  75. winnerwinnerchickendinner14 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:13 PM

    lucky5934 says:
    Nov 2, 2011 3:32 PM
    Well, yeah! You are their best offensive player. That is usually how NFL teams attempt to win games… by focusing their game plan around their best players.

    ————————

    ….and usually NFL teams will pay their best players the most money.

    Forte’s point is that this isn’t the case.

  76. greenbay4ever says: Nov 2, 2011 5:25 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool
    ——————————————-

    First that has got to be the stupidest user name I have seen. Especially since we have 4 super-bowls and you have 1 from 1985. Get real dude. You forget about the NFC Championship game? I am sure you haven’t. I know I won’t.

    2nd I love this. The bears in turmoil makes me happy. I would love to see him go somewhere else at the end of the year.

  77. chobes68 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:26 PM

    “if they don’t watch out they’re gonna run off their entire team. I know Briggs and Forte want out and I bet there are others who are keeping their mouths shut.”

    Briggs never shuts up. He sure seemed to like the beginning of his contract, with most of the money front loaded.

    While Forte should, and eventually will, get paid, this is a business. You don’t see players offering to pay money back to the team when they fall off.

  78. medialovesthecowboys says: Nov 2, 2011 5:26 PM

    Jerry Jones PAY THIS MAN

  79. seatownballers says: Nov 2, 2011 5:33 PM

    Alright forte, I know your a quality running back. So if ya want money I hope you leave this team. I hope you get a monster payday in washington or seattle. They are losing teams with many issues that will pay high dollar for aging guys. Be careful what you wish for

  80. minnesconsin says: Nov 2, 2011 5:35 PM

    Forte looks at the contracts given to Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams this year and thinks, logically: I’m that good or better, I should be paid that well, or better.

    NFL GM’s look at the performance of Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams this year and think, logically: spending big money on running backs is downright foolish.

    I wonder what the probability of finding a fresh, young, talented RB in the draft every few years is?

    My guess is that it’s higher than even the best RB in the league, Adrian Peterson, being worth his salary in the late years of his current contract, which extends to 2017.

    Finally, when’s the last time a team was led to a Super Bowl victory by their highly-paid running back? The closest I can think of is Marshall Faulk in 1999, who had just signed a record-breaking contract in August of that year. Many of the super bowl teams of the past decade have featured running backs who were still in their rookie deals.

  81. danospleasanton says: Nov 2, 2011 5:39 PM

    Give him a 4-5 year contract at 5.5 mil per year with incentives totaling top 5 RB $. Even if he had 15-18 mil guaranteed this contract would not break the Bears. Everyone would be covered and if he does well it’s a win-win. The team would not have all their eggs in one basket and if Forte has a live altering injury (god forbid) his family and kids would be protected. Bottom line is the Bears are cheap!

  82. lks311 says: Nov 2, 2011 5:40 PM

    All the folks that are complaining about how athletes are paid too much are deluded into thinking that they are on the same plane as pro athletes. Matt Forte has a unique skill that no one here on this thread has. Further, he’s honored his contract—even though he has far exceeded anything the Bears could have imagined. Without him Chicago is a two win team—maybe.

    I’m a Lions’ fan, but, I’m a big fan of Matt Forte. Too bad Bears’ management isn’t.

  83. riverhorsey says: Nov 2, 2011 5:40 PM

    The Bears have a messed up organization.

  84. lowleadman says: Nov 2, 2011 5:51 PM

    Paleeese. 10% of this nation’s workers are out of a job. This guy is complaining that he only makes 600k to play a game. Can we add some realism to this post?

    Instead of complaining about his salary, maybe he should buy some homeless people who lost their jobs and homes a Thanksgiving meal.

    600k for Christ sake. You signed the contract. This isn’t slavery. Try making 600k in the real world. Very few can do it.

  85. fringetastic says: Nov 2, 2011 5:52 PM

    Is there anything Forte can do to increase his leverage, like walk out after game 10?

  86. fground says: Nov 2, 2011 5:54 PM

    the whole system of franchise tags is grossly unfair to the players that get tagged. If the tags made teams pay the player for multiple years and guarantee that money I wouldn’t have a huge problem with it because it helps to maintain the continuity of team personnel.

    It basically punishes somewhat randomly the best players on each team – while lesser players get better contracts.

  87. drakost says: Nov 2, 2011 5:55 PM

    shieldsisland37 says:

    Nov 2, 2011 3:15 PM
    He is making 600,000 a year to catch a football and run around. Cry me a fricken river.

    Thanks for the chuckle. Your comment “Catch a football and run around.” Makes it sound like so easy. If it was that easy, then why aren’t you doing it? Perhaps you have choosen to do something else, more than likely making about a fifth of what the league minimum is just because you feel like it. Point is, you couldn’t do it, I couldn’t do it, and I’m betting a vast majority if the WORLD couldn’t do what these men and women athletes can do.
    We pay billions as a world for sports entertainment. Where should that money all go?

    Sorry for the spiel and as far as the Forte situation.. Pay the man.

  88. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 2, 2011 5:55 PM

    Ron Jeremy also had a film called, Gind me to a Pulp.

  89. contract says: Nov 2, 2011 6:01 PM

    Someone needs to introduce Mr Forte to Mr Hillis.

  90. bobleblah says: Nov 2, 2011 6:03 PM

    The Eagles will crush your team into a pulp on Monday.

  91. lionhunter909 says: Nov 2, 2011 6:09 PM

    As a Lions fan who has seen this guy burn them numerous times, I find it hard to believe that they
    can’t give him a new contract. Then again, don’t
    think that other players around the league who will
    soon be free agents aren’t paying attention to this.
    It just shows what a half-a$$ed organization the Bears
    are.

    The average RB lasts something like 3 years in the NFL. If Forte tears an ACL in the remainder of this
    season, it may cost him millions. I don’t blame him
    for complaining. He’s a proven commodity.

  92. 4dabears says: Nov 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    “After failing to reach an agreement during the preseason, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the sides agreed to table the talks until after the season. ESPNChicago.com has reported the Bears’ best offer to Forte maxed out at between $13 million to $14 million in guarantees.” … I realize the Bears are historically cheap but Chris Johnson received $30 million in guarantees and we are witnessing how financially sound that is working out for them.

  93. illiniftw says: Nov 2, 2011 6:38 PM

    Nobody ever mentions that the Bears offered him $15mil and he turned it down.

    The Bears aren’t cheap. Peppers, Urlacher, and Cutler, to name a few, are paid very well. Kreutz walked over 500k. The Bears upped their offer to 4mil, he was “insulted”, signed for 2mil with the Saints and quit mid season to avoid being benched. Briggs is mad because he is on the back end of a front loaded contract and wants to buy a new Lamborghini to crash and abandon.

    They even grossly overpaid several free agents (Chestor Taylor, Spencer, Manumali-bigblockingtightend, Roy Williams). The front office is more stupid with their money (crappy GM) than cheap

  94. fmwarner says: Nov 2, 2011 6:53 PM

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but follow DeSean Jackson’s example. Bitch all you want in camp, but shut up and play football when it’s time to play football. There isn’t anyone unaware of your opinion on your contract status, trust me. Don’t complicate things for your teammates by creating a distraction or reduce your future earnings by getting a rep as a problem child.

  95. bringbacktheflex says: Nov 2, 2011 7:06 PM

    “Every time you talk to somebody, ‘How come they’re not paying you, man?’ I have no idea”

    OMG! They’re not paying him?? He’s playing for free!!

    What an idiot!

  96. bringbacktheflex says: Nov 2, 2011 7:09 PM

    Seriously. The Bears are smart. RBs don’t last much more than 4 years. Why pay long term money for that (see C Johnson)?

    Would you BUY an extended warrenty on your car for 10 years? Most people won’t because most people don’t keep their cars much more than 4 or 5 years.

    Do you buy a 5 year warrenty on your cell phone? No, because most prople buy a new one every couple of years.

  97. chris6523 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:13 PM

    Matt Forte is 9th in the league in number of rushing attempts per game.

    If Forte continues to get carries at his current pace, he will not be in the top 300 all time in terms of the number of carries.

    Just sayin’

  98. jtfresh1 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:24 PM

    Dear Mr. Forte,

    You are completely right about your contract. In fact, I think you should sit out your game in 2 weeks against your NFC North rival in protest of your contract.

    Sincerely,

    A Lions Fan :)

  99. brutus9448 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:32 PM

    forte can thank charles johnson for not getting a contract. The bears are scared.

  100. mancave001 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:41 PM

    “He is sooo right it is unbelievable. It is amazing too, cause he really cant do anything about it. Hope other players remember how the Bears are treating himand it comes back to haunt them in the future.”
    ————————-

    Ahh, the BearTards are back in season, I see. Forte is a crybaby. He’s complaining that he gets the ball too much? You have to be kidding me.

  101. tommytd says: Nov 2, 2011 7:45 PM

    If you’ve ever had a job where you were being overworked and underpaid, you know your performance was affected. I can’t imagine why the stooges in the Bears front office couldn’t work something out during the bye week.
    ***************************************************
    …you answered your own question – BECAUSE THEY’RE STOOGES! This is a group that can’t grow grass in Soldier Field – do you honestly expect them to be able to run an NFL franchise??? Gimme a break!

  102. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 2, 2011 8:13 PM

    Everyone’s saying they need to “pay the man”… ask the Panthers and Titans how thats working out for D. Williams and C.J.??

  103. philtration says: Nov 2, 2011 8:14 PM

    The Bears offered Forte 15 million guaranteed before the season started and he turned it down.

    Anyone that keeps claiming that the Bears are cheap or not trying to take care of Forte really needs to stop pretending that they know anything about the NFL or what’s going on around the league.

    Stop making stupid snap judgments based on reading the headlines and then going right to the comments box for a change.

  104. steelybills says: Nov 2, 2011 8:17 PM

    Dear Mr. Forte,
    Please shut up and quit giving Freddy Jackson ideas!

  105. mondzy805 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:21 PM

    I love this guy and that’s from a 49ers fan. Pay the man Chicago and get Jay Cutler a True #1 WR, already. Your wasting him.

  106. jutts says: Nov 2, 2011 8:31 PM

    Mickey D’s is hiring….. As a sign of protest, don’t cash those measley checks you get every week to play a kids game . Gimmi a break already. Times are tough.

  107. drewj7 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:47 PM

    Pay the man!

    He’s holding my Fantasy team on his back!

  108. philtration says: Nov 2, 2011 9:06 PM

    lionhunter909 says: Nov 2, 2011 6:09 PM

    As a Lions fan who has seen this guy burn them numerous times, I find it hard to believe that they
    can’t give him a new contract. Then again, don’t
    think that other players around the league who will
    soon be free agents aren’t paying attention to this.
    It just shows what a half-a$$ed organization the Bears
    are.
    =================================

    Don’t fool yourself.
    The Lions have not done nearly enough for their fans to start calling any other NFL a half assed organization.

    You have been looking up at them in the standing for a long, long time.

  109. brainsmasher says: Nov 2, 2011 9:09 PM

    They need to pay him. He has proven he is an elite back, but if they offered him 15 million guaranteed before the season started and he turned it down that is one him.

    Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson got too much. Jamaal Charles contract is about right. Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson really got rewarded for past service; but they earned it and they did not dog it after they got paid.

  110. FinFan68 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:27 PM

    This guy won’t be happy until he is highly paid for minimal effort–just like Chris Johnson. It seems he has a similar character issue. He has been great so far, but his penchant for complaining and whining constantly about money does not bode well.

  111. istateyourname says: Nov 2, 2011 9:35 PM

    “grinding me into a pulp”

    They got a name for that…its called FOOTBALL, dummy. You are all grinding yourselves into a pulp no matter how much money you make.

  112. rodericksilva says: Nov 2, 2011 10:14 PM

    I think Shady McCoy is making $250K this year. Everyone knows De Jax has also outplayed his contract too.

    Yeah they have a contract. Yes they should honor the contract and play ball. Yes its a contact sport.

    The teams should still do the honorable thing and write up some new contracts.

  113. laeaglefan says: Nov 5, 2011 1:15 AM

    Shady McCoy can’t get his new contract until DeSean gets his first. There’s a certain pecking order that exists and the players know that. McCoy is risking injury a lot more than Jackson is though. Jackson gets a few touches each game. McCoy is getting 30 or more (including pass receptions). I’d say McCoy has a much bigger chance of suffering a serious injury which could affect his future earnings.

  114. dunetraveller says: Nov 5, 2011 4:23 AM

    I am a Bears fan, but very few get to be considered tops in the position. Even then you need the help of a great offensive line to help create routes.

    Everyone knows that the Bears have had huge troubles in that area. No surprise that if you’re the only one able to succeed in spite of their failings that you’ll become the workhorse.

    Of course the modern game is more about the vertical game than the past where every position was running. At least then you had the benefit of never knowing who was carrying the ball across the LoS. Once most of the RBs became WRs, it just gets way too easy to figure out who to cover on a run… then you have your work cut out for you.

    Personally I love the running game. It requires more than just “stacking the box” to stop a true ground and pound offense, and could still be done well if any team cared enough to turn the clock back and go with ball control and clock management.

    Boring? for some… but quite effective. You could have 7 very good RBs rotating in and out constantly for the price of one super dud QB or a couple of prima donna WRs. Sadly, no one is going to eliminate the passing game. Would be fun to see though.

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