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Angelo says Bears made Forte a “very lucrative offer”

Matt Forte, Jamar Chaney, Nate Allen 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.

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34 Responses to “Angelo says Bears made Forte a “very lucrative offer””
  1. gridassassin says: Nov 7, 2011 11:08 PM

    Jerry needs to stop pissing on Forte’s leg and telling him it’s raining out.

  2. spencodude says: Nov 7, 2011 11:09 PM

    YEP!!!

  3. polishkingski says: Nov 7, 2011 11:10 PM

    13 mil ? in his pocket ? for sure ? i have no sympathy whatsoever for him.

  4. mikeheruki says: Nov 7, 2011 11:11 PM

    Angelo is almost as worthless as the dopey-eyed moron Lovie Smith.

  5. 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.

  6. keramidas21 says: Nov 7, 2011 11:18 PM

    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).

  7. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 7, 2011 11:24 PM

    If Deangelo Williams was guaranteed $21mil, then Forte deserves more.

  8. forthelove says: Nov 7, 2011 11:25 PM

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

  9. jesterrecordz says: Nov 7, 2011 11:37 PM

    forte should just run backwards every time he touches the ball until the bears brass learn their lesson and lock him up.

  10. doe22us says: Nov 7, 2011 11:40 PM

    I guess he wants a mix between CJ2K and D Will type money dude take that 14 0r 15 mill and run with it.

  11. jimmysee says: Nov 7, 2011 11:44 PM

    Dinner at Gino’s East once a week won’t do it.

  12. ninerdynasty says: Nov 7, 2011 11:45 PM

    HE also offered a very good deal to the ravens in the last draft…

  13. dylanmusicfane says: Nov 7, 2011 11:48 PM

    pay the man

  14. eddieapoc says: Nov 7, 2011 11:51 PM

    I don’t know how the Bears continue to field competitive teams with their joke of a front office.

  15. buffalodiehard says: Nov 7, 2011 11:57 PM

    Good PR isn’t exactly Angelo’s…Forte.

    Wah! Wah!

  16. sanchizesucks says: Nov 8, 2011 12:02 AM

    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?

  17. jutts says: Nov 8, 2011 12:02 AM

    They need to pay this kid. He’s pretty danged good.

  18. khmer379 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:03 AM

    He could rapp about it kall him rapping forte lol

  19. gopakgo says: Nov 8, 2011 12:05 AM

    Come to the cheese side Matt. The Pack would love to have you.

  20. 1fast84 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:08 AM

    Turn down 13-14 million man i hope forte doesnt get hurt and regret not taking the deal

  21. KIR says: Nov 8, 2011 12:11 AM

    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.

  22. themartymcfly says: Nov 8, 2011 12:14 AM

    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….

  23. tking63 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:27 AM

    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”

  24. dino2997 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:29 AM

    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.

  25. pappageorgio says: Nov 8, 2011 12:31 AM

    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.

  26. dustyschmidt22 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:32 AM

    “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.

  27. buzzbissinger says: Nov 8, 2011 12:37 AM

    “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$$.

  28. earthtopft says: Nov 8, 2011 12:49 AM

    In obscure code words, “The Eagles Has Crash And Burned”.

  29. Sean Williams says: Nov 8, 2011 1:19 AM

    Angelo, shut up. Just shut up.

  30. 4evrnyt says: Nov 8, 2011 2:02 AM

    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.

  31. EJ says: Nov 8, 2011 7:23 AM

    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…

  32. cmutimmah says: Nov 8, 2011 8:11 AM

    “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.

  33. m2karateman says: Nov 8, 2011 8:42 AM

    $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.

  34. timtheenchanter1 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:05 AM

    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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