Angelo says Bears made Forte a “very lucrative offer”

AP

Bears running back Matt Forte has done plenty of talking regarding the team’s failure to give him a new contract.  Now, Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo has decided to do some talking of his own.

Before Monday night’s game against the Eagles, Angelo told WBBM radio (via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com) that the Bears have tried to sign Forte over the long haul.

“Matt was the only player we targeted and we made him, in my opinion, a very lucrative offer and it wasn’t able to get done,” Angelo said.  “Our intent is still to have Matt play the bulk of his years in Chicago and we’ll just have to wait and see.”

It’s widely expected that, without a new deal, the Bears will use the franchise tag to keep Forte in Chicago for 2012.  Forte prefers a long-term, big-money deal.

“We always have a plan in place and we will continue to talk,” Angelo said.  “These things are not easy to do but we’ve always got something going on. Is there something imminent?  No.  But we’re always planning and trying to create options.”

Forte has calmly made his case for a new contract, without frustration or threats.  Often, his words seem much more inflammatory when reduced to writing than when he utters them.

Most recently, Forte told NBC SportsTalk that “any other team” would have paid him by now.

The challenge for the Bears and Forte will be to gauge his value in light of a bizarre market, with a wide range of contract values and guarantees for veteran tailbacks and the annual ability of a team to draft a rookie tailback and pay him a slotted deal capped by the new rookie wage scale.

Forte has declined an offer in the range of $13 million to $14 million guaranteed.  The gap between the team and the player currently isn’t known.

34 responses to “Angelo says Bears made Forte a “very lucrative offer”

  1. How can Forte enjoy being a Bear? Lovie Smith is disrespecting him with this Marion Barber nonsense. Give your stud the ball.

  2. its the eye of the tiger, its the thrill of the fight. risin up to the challenge of our rival. and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. and hes watchin us all with the eyeeeeeeeeee of the tiger. (by the way, that had nothing to do with the article, i just felt like singing).

  3. “In my opinion” … If he really made him a “very lucrative offer” he wouldn’t have had to qualify it.

  4. I am not sure cuz they look like they’re trying but based on their record, the dream team may just be in the suck for luck chase. Now.. what to do with Vick and Young.. think 3 top tier QBs could get it done in philly?

  5. He shouldn’t accept a penny under DeAngelo Williams contract. Forte makes Chris (holdout) Johnson look like a genius. If they make him a restricted free agent. Holdout. The Bears won’t win 5 games next year without Forte.

  6. I find it odd that every time a player wants more money (millions) regular working people like myself side with the owner/organization (BILLIONAIRES) when they were just born into the wealth or took advantage of others to make it. who are the real greedy ones….

  7. Unlike some RBs Forte has proven he is the real deal. He is young (unlike F.Jackson), doesn’t get injured ( like D.Williams) and has been as consitant as they come (unlike CJ2k). Its not like Chicago is gushing with young talent…”Pay the Man”

  8. Forte is great but after seeing Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams pretty much become irrelevant so quickly you have to be responsible and not overpay for one single position.

  9. With the peterson and Williams contracts (not to mention Johnson’s if it sticks)……the value of the franchise tag for RBs has to be in, around, or over 10 million.

    Fully guaranteed the minute he signs the deal……for one year’s work (plus he doesn’t have to do camp with the F-Tag) Angelo isn’t going to fool most football fans with that deal, why would he think he can fool Forte? Going to the press isn’t going to endear him to anyone.

  10. “Our intent is still to have Matt play the bulk of his years in Chicago and we’ll just have to wait and see.”

    well theres your problem.

    You don’t put up the front that you are trying to take care of your player, and then say “bulk of his years in chicago.”

    The NFL is a harsh business, especially for running backs, but Angelo would have been much better served to say something along the lines of “we hope he retires a bear and we are working to make that happen”. Whether or not either party believes it, is completely irrelevant. But you’d think that after a summer of labor disputes, with both sides trying to gain leverage in the form of public sympathies, Angelo would do a little better at portraying the idea that the organization is 100% committed and that its Forte preventing a new contract for himself.

    Also, if you’re Forte, you have to understand that not only is the conventional thinking around the league is that chris johnsons deal was a major overpay, but the first half of the season has only further strengthened that argument. The man deserves a payday, no doubt, but if he is trying for chris johnson money, chances are he will wind up sorely disappointed, even if he is a back that would be more suited for a longer career.

  11. “A very lucrative offer” from the Bears would be a condo with a view of lake Huron and a ham sandwich.

    Lucrative offer my a$$.

  12. Every GM should go punch the Panther’s GM in the face for giving Deangelo Williams the deal they did because it has totally f’d up the running back market. No way in hell is forte gonna take less then Williams and he shouldn’t.

  13. The challenge for the Bears and Forte will be to gauge his value in light of a bizarre market, with a wide range of contract values and guarantees for veteran tailbacks and the annual ability of a team to draft a rookie tailback and pay him a slotted deal capped by the new rookie wage scale.

    The new rookie wage scale does nothing but hurt the veterans looking to sign a new contract. Why would a team pay a good-great RB huge money when it can draft a good-great RB and pay him half? It makes no sense. At least when the rookies were making big chunks of cash, teams had a difficult decision to make…

  14. “grizzlyfox says:
    Nov 7, 2011 11:13 PM
    How can Forte enjoy being a Bear? Lovie Smith is disrespecting him with this Marion Barber nonsense. Give your stud the ball.”
    ———————-

    If I’m Forte, and I had an offer on the table, and I knew that I could have my knee blown out at any moment on the field… I’m signing. Talk about gambling!? 14 million on the table, you’re looking for a few extra… so you’re risking 14 million for a 3-4 million payoff? Sheesh… that’s not that great of a return… you should just accept the deal Forte… for your family’s sake.

  15. $13 to $14 million guaranteed, but over how many years?

    With the new CBA, the veterans are going to start getting paid more. Forte is worth more than DeAngelo Williams. Yes, he is gambling on the chance that he gets hurt. But if Jerry is offering a 7 year deal with only $14M guaranteed, that’s pretty low for a player like Forte.
    Besides, everybody knows if Forte leaves, Cutler is going to get destroyed. Unless Jerry plans on spending that money on some elite offensive linemen, Jaybird should be pushing for the Bears to get Forte a decent deal.

  16. I love the “any other team” comment, when the Ravens have Ray Rice on a similar time table and haven’t paid him, but both sides are just keeping quiet about it and letting the process unfold. The fact that both sides are negotiating in public is just ridiculous.

    The main thing is that it seems clear Forte doesn’t trust the Bears FO. And I’ll say as a Ravens fan that Angelo has dug his own hole when it comes to trustworthiness.

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