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Report: Matt Forte won’t sign anything but a long-term deal

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The Bears start their offseason workout program on Monday and there’s not much chance running back Matt Forte will be there.

Forte wants a long-term deal and hasn’t signed the $7.7 million franchise tender the Bears placed on him before the start of free agency. Since then he has expressed displeasure with the contract the team gave to free agent running back Michael Bush and the team has said that their offer for a new contract remains on the table for Forte to sign whenever he sees fit.

That sounds like a recipe for a protracted standoff as does a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN on SportsCenter Wednesday. Schefter reports that Forte “is not signing anything until he has a long-term deal” and that he won’t be in Chicago until he signs that deal. Things could change once the deadline for signing franchise tags gets closer, but that isn’t until July 15th which means that Forte would miss the team’s full offseason workout schedule as well as their mandatory minicamp in June.

The Bears seem pretty well resigned to that pace of things. Both Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith addressed Forte’s status on Tuesday and neither one sounds like they expect to see Forte anytime soon.

“The word is that he’s not going to be [there], but that’s just rumors,” Cutler said on WMVP Radio, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I know it’s going to be hard for Matt to not be there. I think he’s pretty disappointed at how things have gone. But it’s a business for both sides. The Bears have to do what’s best for them in the long run. Matt has to do what’s best for him in the long run.”

“I tell the guys, if you have an issue with your contract, [the offseason] is the time to work on those things. That’s what Matt is going through right now,” Smith said before a luncheon on Tuesday. “We start up Monday. Hopefully he’ll be there. If he’s not, we’re going to go to work with the players we have.”

With both sides appearing to be firmly set in their stances, it seems like Forte won’t be one of those players for quite a while.

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  1. truthfactory says: Apr 11, 2012 12:29 PM

    I wouldnt pay him… RBs are too replaceable. So many times last years workhorse stud RB becomes this years overpaid salary cap eating bust.

    Draft a RB…. Run him for 4 years…. Then move on to the next one.

  2. garyman1 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    I can’t think of the last long term, high dollar deal that a team gave to a running back…. and then looked back 5-7 years later and said to themselves “that was a good investment”.
    Sorry, running backs get beat up and usually don’t sustain their impact.

  3. dldove77 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:31 PM

    And with Michael Bush in the fold, the Bears are in no rush to give him a long-term contract, at any price. Advantage: Bears.

  4. philtration says: Apr 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Trade him and move on.
    The need help at WR and the O line and RBs are easy to find.

  5. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 11, 2012 12:33 PM

    Usually I side with the team in situations like this. Especially against pants-on-the-ground, gold grillin, ebonics speaking, dreadlock wearing fools like Chris Johnson.

    However, Bears ownership/management are pretty classless and they are always trying to get over on someone.

    Hopefully Forte can get to a team that has a lil bit of integrity

  6. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    It’s time NFL teams stop treating players as trash just because the owners got a good deal out of the lockout.

    I fully support Matt Forte.

  7. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    I know someone who would sign that $7.7 million franchise tender…. a very flabbergasted someone.

  8. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:36 PM

    Matt Forte wants a long term deal?

    *insert slowpoke meme here*

  9. jeffw says: Apr 11, 2012 12:40 PM

    Either sign him or move on. A hold out helps no one. Just look at the Chris johnson debacle from last year. Either commit to him or move on.

  10. sadskinsfan89 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    This is ridiculous. I hope the bears hold there ground and don’t give into this dude. You can’t make everyone happy. Let the dude sit at home all season he will get the message

  11. bombacim says: Apr 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    Big deal. You are a running back and now the bears have three, including yourself. Take a look at the numbers Matt, Bell had the same average as you when you “hurt” your knee and wouldn’t come back to play. You aren’t worth what DeAngelo got. And yes, you are at the same level as Frank Gore. I’d be happy if they traded you, so you can stop belly aching about how 15 million gauranteed wasn’t enough and that 7.7 isn’t enough for one years salary. You lost the public battle. We don’t care about your whining anymore.

    -Bears Fan.

    PS. The texans lost Mario because of Foster’s contract. I’d be really po’ed if we had to give up Peppers even at this end of the stage for a running back.

  12. neemdaddy13 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    I typically am against these atheletes that publicly whine about there deals. But Matt Forte has gone about this with class, as for the Bears, not so much. I hope he finds a team that appreciated what he brings to the game.

  13. granadafan says: Apr 11, 2012 12:43 PM

    They should just let Forte go because clearly they don’t want him there at market price and he is becoming more and more bitter at how they’re jerking him around.

  14. deucedeuce22 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:43 PM

    PAY THE MAN! This is getting ridiculous. So, the Bears think that hardballing this guy with a low offer will get him to cave? I see him testing free agency as soon as he is able.

    Does Michael Bush= the future? How did that turn out for the Raiders?

  15. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 11, 2012 12:45 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Apr 11, 2012 12:35 PM
    It’s time NFL teams stop treating players as trash just because the owners got a good deal out of the lockout.

    ***************************************

    Remember when those A-hole players were making derogatory and assinine comments against the owners such as “slave masters”????

    The owners havent forgotten, nor will they ever.

    It’s payback time, now that the owners schooled them at the bargaining table. I hope the owners continue to screw them over, especially the mouthy ones that made the owners mad.

    The “partners”/players have everything coming their way owed to them, and nobody to blame but themselves………and DeMaurice the dummy. HAHAHA

  16. ahmiller21 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:45 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him catching passes from RG3 in DC! He is great on screens and dump-offs and with Washington’s O-Line he will be doing that alot to save his a$$!

  17. onereasonableman says: Apr 11, 2012 12:45 PM

    I don’t recall if Forte played last year under the franchise tag so this might not be applicable to him, however, I’m amazed that the NFLPA didn’t insist in the bargaining of the new labor agreement that franchise tags only be allowed one time per player.

    I think it is ridiculous that teams can franchise the same player year after year. I think it would be better if the team gets the option to franchise them one time which would then allow time for the two sides to negotiate a long term deal.

    Of course, in the NFL, the team has the luxury of cutting someone loose when it is in their interest to do so.

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 11, 2012 12:48 PM

    Running backs just don’t have the leverage anymore. Most seem to have one or two peak years then disappear.
    It’s just not a position where it makes sense to tie up a ton of cap space long term.
    It’s a brutal reality for a guy looking for a big payday, but it’s not gonna change soon.
    He’d be smart to sign the one year tender. It’s a good amount of money.

  19. patsfan1275 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:48 PM

    Why would he sign anything else? He deserves to get paid

  20. giselleisasucubus says: Apr 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    He’s going to get traded on draft day. To New England. For a 1st and 2nd rd pick. The Pats didn’t clear cap room to sign Welker, he is already on the books for 9.4 mil. Why re-up with Brady if there is nothing on the horizon? I’ve been saying it since the Bears signed Bush. Forte to New England. It could happen, and the reason why I think it will is because Brady needs to have some pressure taken off him, and the window is only open for so long. Everyone knows the Pats are going to be there at the end. If they have a great rb, no defense can pin their ears back and kill Brady.

  21. cush2push says: Apr 11, 2012 12:52 PM

    they should give him something he did account for 80% of the offense

  22. norseyapper says: Apr 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    This is the one point in his career where he will have any leverage. He should use it to his advantage while he can.
    Yes, you can pick up a RB in rd 3 of the draft but not the kind of talent in all phases of his job that Forte has displayed. He is a special talent and has busted his butt for that team. If the Bears don’t get it done with him they will be a lesser team.

  23. sundevilslegit says: Apr 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    RB’s just aren’t worth the value that they once were. Matt is going to end up like Lance Briggs and getting slightly less than what he thinks he is worth. Sounds like he is getting bad advice.

  24. alecitrullo10 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:56 PM

    he deserves a long term deal…the fact that they gave Bush mutliple years is ridiculous…if i was Forte i would be truly insulted…i know a lot of ppl think how could you turn your nose at almost 8 million for one year…however….in the nfl, the owners treat these players like crap…they can cut you when you arent playing up to snuff but if you’re severely underpaid you get called selfish when you want to renegotiate…the life span of a running back is so small compared to a lot of other positions….if Michael Bush is worth multiple years why isnt forte…its not about the money, its about the lack of respect given to Forte in this situation…the bears are a joke and dont deserve a talent like him…you dont wanna lock him up long-term send him somewhere that will…i totally support forte in this situation….

  25. tharoostah says: Apr 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing the bears rescind the franchise tag and move on. Sick of this guy

  26. seatownballers says: Apr 11, 2012 12:59 PM

    Who is gonna wanna trade for this guy? He s clearly said he wants a long term deal. What s stoppng him from holding out on the next team

  27. frankrizzo51 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:00 PM

    I understand that Forte wants to make sure he is taken care of. He and his agent should research the track record of Bears management and contracts. It was said Papa Bear threw around nickels like manhole covers.

    I can see the Bears hanging Forte out to dry. Any contract offers will begin to shrink.

    Get what guaranteed money you need to retire in 3-4 years and suit up.

  28. crazycane says: Apr 11, 2012 1:00 PM

    Some of you don’t follow the Bears should seriously learn a thing or two.

    Bears have had players their whole career in Urlacher, Briggs, and Tillman. Gave long term deals to players like Tommie Harris, Nathan Vasher, and Cutler.

    Problem here is he’s a mother bleepin’ RB who is asking for a long term deal at 27 years old who has been hurt the last 2 years.

    Ask Viking fans NOW how they feel about all the money the team has invested in a RB who has a completely shattered knee. Or the Panthers on a RB who didn’t even have 1,000 yds. Or better yet the Titans. These are all teams who gave their RB’s long term huge money deals and now they’re screwed.

    RB isn’t the position it used to be when Thurman, Barry, and Emmitt were running the show.

    Trade him, get picks, use one on a RB. and lets move on.

  29. riverhorsey says: Apr 11, 2012 1:01 PM

    Forte better get on board before he’s out of a career.

  30. patspatspatspats says: Apr 11, 2012 1:04 PM

    I won’t sign anything but a long term contract either-
    Every player ever franchised

  31. nineroutsider says: Apr 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    Maybe I don’t understand football as well as some of you, but Forte is not an easily replaceable RB. His skill set is quite unique and reminds me of Roger Craig or Marshall Faulk. I guess those guys are a dime a dozen on draft day, if you guys are to be believed but I’m not seeing them.

    Bush is a decent back, but he is one of those dime a dozen backs so don’t expect the Bears offense to be the same with him as opposed to Forte. Forte is the type of guy that defenses have to heavily focus on, even more than Cutler. He’s a game changer.

  32. rhymenoceros9 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:06 PM

    What do you think it would take to get Forte in a trade?

  33. profootballwalk says: Apr 11, 2012 1:11 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    It’s time NFL teams stop treating players as trash just because the owners got a good deal out of the lockout.

    I fully support Matt Forte.
    ————————————————-

    So you pay him.

  34. gunpowderjones says: Apr 11, 2012 1:12 PM

    Forte can sign it in week 10, play out the season, avoid wear and tear, and become a free agent after the season. He does have some leverage here.

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    Forte is a solid RB. The Bears are a stupid organization that don’t have the mental capability to realize what he’s worth.

  36. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    I don’t get the “running backs are a dime a dozen” nonsense. If they are so easy to find then why have Green Bay and New England without good ones?

  37. realdealsteel says: Apr 11, 2012 1:18 PM

    Forte needs to realize that he plays a position that’s been devalued and that he needs to take all the money he can. If I were him, I’d sign that one year tender and count my blessings. Because the handwritting is on the wall. They brought in Michael Bush, your time is almost up Matt.

  38. coachryanmurray says: Apr 11, 2012 1:18 PM

    Briggs just got extended for a year, Forte must be fuming.

  39. solomon151 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    Average Running Backs are easy to find. But Matt Forte is not an average running back. HE was their first second and last option. He ran the ball and heck of alot, HE caught the Ball a Heck of alot and he’s an above average pass protector. Pay the Man. IF they dont, The Bears Offenses will not be as good as everyone thinks they will be. Bush is a good Back, Average at best. HE’s no Matt Forte and the BEars will soon see that if they dont sign him.

  40. sj39 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:23 PM

    It’s a shame but the new rules are quickly making the NFL a pass happy league. It’s getting so easy for QBs and “defenseless” receivers they are going to throw on most downs with RBs just being another blocker until maybe the fourth quarter when they want to run some time off the clock after they have amassed their record breaking passing yards. New record every year Id bet.

  41. truthfactory says: Apr 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    Here’s a question to all the “Pay the man” guys out there… When was the last time you saw a top level RB win a Super Bowl? Or even play in a Superbowl?? They take up too much money and the game has changed.

    You’re better off spending money on almost any other position in the NFL.

  42. thcnote says: Apr 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    Matt did you vote yes for the new cba is so sign your tag and shut the hell up.

  43. steeelfann says: Apr 11, 2012 1:52 PM

    I don’t see Matt Forte in Chicago very long really.

    He has overplayed his hand.

    You will not see Matt Forte in Bears uniform after 2012 season. Who knows, maybe earlier?

  44. jdawg111 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:53 PM

    Gotta say, Love the Bears, and appreciate what Forte has done over the past few years as part of the team I cheer for, but don’t break the bank for the guy. There is plenty out there on the FA list left and also a good crop in the draft.

    I would say no longer than a 3 year deal at 7 per season, or ship him off for draft picks. I had heard 2nd and 4th, I’d take that in a heartbeat. Let him be someone else’s malcontent or salary cap disappointment. If he works out for his new team, then good for him.

    I understand Forte wants to get paid, but this is a team game and RB’s aren’t as “required” as they used to be.

    I just heard someone say.. teach your kids to throw the ball (QB), catch the ball (WR or TE)and if they can’t catch teach em to play cornerback if they want to get paid.

  45. steeelfann says: Apr 11, 2012 1:55 PM

    Clintonportisheadd – Do you see the irony of the question? You mention Green Bay and New England not having good ones (Ben Jarvis Green is a good one);

    You just argued against yourself. Green Bay won the Super Bowl year before, and New England almost won this past one. See the silliness of that argument, that those 2 teams do not have good running backs? Soooooo? Now what?
    ————
    clintonportisheadd says: Apr 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    I don’t get the “running backs are a dime a dozen” nonsense. If they are so easy to find then why have Green Bay and New England without good ones?

  46. 5280sportsbiz says: Apr 11, 2012 1:56 PM

    Peyton Manning would love a talent like Matt Forte…

  47. jtbndy says: Apr 11, 2012 1:56 PM

    No way he doesn’t sign his franchise tender before the season starts. Why?

    Because he would make more money this year than the previous 3 years combined.

    I hope Bears management stays strong on this issue and offer realistic contracts to him. I do not want to see what happened to the Titans (Chris Johnson crazy contract and no production) to the Bears.

  48. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Apr 11, 2012 1:57 PM

    What idiots are you saying a player gets screwed for signing a franchise tag. The player either gets the average of the top 3 at that position. If they already are in the top 3, they get a 10% bump in pay.

    How can anyone feed their family on a measly 7.7 million dollars? That’s pretty damn good for being the 2nd best back in your division.

    7.7 million this year, and take the 10% raise would be 8.4 million. Call me crazy I’d take 16.1 million at my job the next two years. Heck I’d even transfer to Boise, Idaho for that pay.

  49. EJ says: Apr 11, 2012 2:01 PM

    I feel bad for Forte. He has bust his behind ever since suiting up in a Bears uniform and deserves a decent contract. Forte has a ton of life left in his legs, last year was proof of that. Pay the man!!

  50. parshooter35 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:03 PM

    You guys must look at this from a Professional Athletes perspective. Matt has proved himself as a serous threat. He doesn’t want to have to play elsewhere unless he has to. HOWEVER!!! Chicago is simply not a team with deep pockets! I get it, players are bargaining chips these days. For most teams anyway. Especially Chicago. When we let Thomas Jones go after the Super Bowl I was devastated. This has played out like I’ve said it would so far. Chicago has in so many moves told you “No More” Matt. Take the Pay Day and play football!

  51. brennankm46 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:05 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:
    Apr 11, 2012 12:33 PM
    Usually I side with the team in situations like this. Especially against pants-on-the-ground, gold grillin, ebonics speaking, dreadlock wearing fools like Chris Johnson.

    However, Bears ownership/management are pretty classless and they are always trying to get over on someone.

    Hopefully Forte can get to a team that has a lil bit of integrity
    ———————————————-
    First paragraph: Wow, no comment necessary.

    Second paragraph: Classless? Bears just gave Briggs more money so he could end his career with them, presumably, notwithstanding his constant complaining.

    Third Paragraph: Like the Ravens? Because you sound like you’re a still-flustered-from-last-year’s-draft kind of guy.

  52. justpaytheman says: Apr 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    I’m all for Matt to get paid, but history doesn’t bode well for him. Look at CJ2K, Larry Johnson, and Cedric Benson. That’s what a lot of teams look at. In the past, running backs have held out only to under-perform MIGHTILY. Now, Emmit held out and eventually performed well, but the C-boys didn’t have a serviceable backup either. (I’m just saying…) I just hope they figure it out and Matt gets what he feels he deserves so we are able to run a workable 2-back system that seems to have been winning the past 2 SBs. If not, maybe we can trade him to move up in the draft and get Kalil, Floyd, or Blackmon. Can you IMAGINE???

  53. fcs34 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    I’m glad my team isn’t dumb enough to handcuff themselves to a long term deal with a guy who is crap on third dwon and barely gets in the end zone. Hey Matt you want to be paid like a premiere RB then play like one.

  54. justpaytheman says: Apr 11, 2012 2:19 PM

    hey minnesotasportsmind… (notice I excluded the “great”), he outperformed AP. Therefore he was the BEST in the division. Stop being a homer!

  55. gadzod says: Apr 11, 2012 2:26 PM

    truthfactory says:
    Apr 11, 2012 1:28 PM
    Here’s a question to all the “Pay the man” guys out there… When was the last time you saw a top level RB win a Super Bowl? Or even play in a Superbowl?? They take up too much money and the game has changed.

    You’re better off spending money on almost any other position in the NFL.
    ——————————————-

    You mean, Mendenhall two years ago? Edgerrin James with the Steelers/Cards? Jerome Bettis during SB XL? Brian Westbrook a year before that? Marshall Faulk in 36?

  56. teamobijuan says: Apr 11, 2012 2:27 PM

    Everyone who plays fantasy football knows that this guy is not worth much money. What kind of stud RB goes in the 4th or later rounds?

  57. bu54cb says: Apr 11, 2012 2:27 PM

    All these posts about how cheap the Bears are and that they will hang Forte out to dry are hilarious. Forte handled this with class last year, but this year he has done nothing but whine to the media and use twitter to whine and complain.

    The Bears offered Matt Forte a fair deal at least once, if not twice and he refused to sign. The deal was for about $14M guaranteed and around $7M per year. Forte wanted DeAngelo Williams money, but the Panthers way overpaid, which isn’t the Bears fault. Why should they overpay because another team chose to overpay a lesser player?

    If Bears management and ownership are so cheap, why did they trade for Brandon Marshall, sign Peppers, Urlacher, Cutler, Briggs, Tommie Harris, and countless others to lucrative contracts or extensions?

  58. toolkien says: Apr 11, 2012 2:30 PM

    From pro-football-reference.com linkable tables –

    2011 Expected points from passing-

    http://pfref.com/pi/share/ENNtk

    2011 Expected points from rushing-

    http://pfref.com/pi/share/h9foD

    2010 Expected points from passing-

    http://pfref.com/pi/share/6zuv8

    2010 Expected points from rushing-

    http://pfref.com/pi/share/5Hf1X

    2009 Expected points from passing-

    http://pfref.com/pi/share/XJ9xt

    2009 Expected points from rushing-

    http://pfref.com/pi/share/0gqzr

    Any questions?

  59. seacolt213 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:32 PM

    I’m half on Forte’s side, half on the Bears side.

    On one hand Forte has had some significant injuries. On the other when he’s healthy, he’s a beast.

    On one hand Forte is a RB in a league where RB’s are disposable. On the other he is in the upper half of #1 backs in the league.

    On one hand getting 7 mil for one year is more money than some make in a lifetime. On the other he probably knows his days are numbered and needs a solid pay day to feel comfortable (which leads to lack of productivity)…

    But in a league where teams complain about primadona’s while they’re quick to cut any player whose cap number doesn’t fit their squad, I hope he sits til week 10 and plays out the rest of the season. He will soon find that nobody wants to give him a “long term deal”. Maybe (I stress MAYBE) he’ll get a 3 year deal with heavy performance incentives.

    Bears suck anyway.

  60. khmer379 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:33 PM

    I wouldnt resign him either especially all this whining bout contract AP dont even say a word about it n he sign a 100 million contract go figure

  61. bu54cb says: Apr 11, 2012 2:36 PM

    parshooter35 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 2:03 PM
    You guys must look at this from a Professional Athletes perspective. Matt has proved himself as a serous threat. He doesn’t want to have to play elsewhere unless he has to. HOWEVER!!! Chicago is simply not a team with deep pockets! I get it, players are bargaining chips these days. For most teams anyway. Especially Chicago. When we let Thomas Jones go after the Super Bowl I was devastated. This has played out like I’ve said it would so far. Chicago has in so many moves told you “No More” Matt. Take the Pay Day and play football!
    __________________________________
    Forte has proved himself and the Bears made him a fair offer.

    Chicago is not a team with deep pockets? Except for last year, the Bears always spend up to the salary cap. If they don’t have deep pockets how did they sign free agents like Peppers and trade for Marshall with a $9 salary number? Please, feel free to back that up with something factual instead of pulling crap out of your arse.

    The reason they let Thomas Jones go is they had Cedric Benson behind him making a ton of money. They had to see what they had in Benson, which was nothing. You don’t know that unless a player gets on the field.

  62. apallday says: Apr 11, 2012 2:38 PM

    Who Cares.

    Michael bush.

  63. imsmarterthanyou says: Apr 11, 2012 2:38 PM

    Let me simplify this whole thing. I support Forte wanting to be paid what he believes he is worth and based on his production, he’s worth quite a bit in NFL terms. I don’t support his constant public speak about it. Keep it in house, Matt. You’re better than that.

    I do believe that Emery gets this deal done in the end. With all the moves they have made this off season, it wouldn’t make much sense to alienate one the most productive backs in the NFL over the past 4 years. It’s obviously a very complicated situation that non of us can pretend to know about or understand.

    The Bear’s aren’t cheap (anymore at least). They’re certainly not classless. Nothing in their 92 year history says classless…

  64. solomon151 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:46 PM

    truthfactory says:
    Apr 11, 2012 1:28 PM
    Here’s a question to all the “Pay the man” guys out there… When was the last time you saw a top level RB win a Super Bowl? Or even play in a Superbowl?? They take up too much money and the game has changed.
    ————————————————–
    Well, For one Marshal Faulk. He’s won a superbowl and he’s a top level running back. The Gaints wonit twice with a top level running game. So you do need to be able to run the ball. IF Bush was so good why wasnt he starting out in Oakland??
    ————————————————–
    What idiots are you saying a player gets screwed for signing a franchise tag. The player either gets the average of the top 3 at that position. If they already are in the top 3, they get a 10% bump in pay.

    How can anyone feed their family on a measly 7.7 million dollars? That’s pretty damn good for being the 2nd best back in your division.

    7.7 million this year, and take the 10% raise would be 8.4 million. Call me crazy I’d take 16.1 million at my job the next two years. Heck I’d even transfer to Boise, Idaho for that pay.
    ————————————————–

    Umm. I dont think is the money, I think it has more to do with the fact that you lose a year of wear and tear on your body. Just look at Drew Bress and the reason he wont sign his. When he played for the Chargers, HE signed he’s franchise tender and then, HE got hurt the last game of the season. Only two teams was willing to take a chance on him. The Saints and the Dolphins.
    ————————————————–
    I hope Bears management stays strong on this issue and offer realistic contracts to him. I do not want to see what happened to the Titans (Chris Johnson crazy contract and no production) to the Bears.
    ————————————————–
    IF your a BEars fan you should be tired of the way they treat their star players. Well, On Offense. They pay their defense, thats for sure. But come on. I dont care how fast Chris Johnson is, HE is no where near better than Forte. HE cant catch like him or pass protect. BEfore he was put on the shelve last year he was the most productive player in the game. HE lead the league in total yards from scrimmage. Thats rushing and receiving. So, For all of you that think he is easy to replace. Look back at last year and get use to it. It will be more of the same this year without him.

  65. dadawg77 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:48 PM

    Most people here arent understanding the issues with NFL RB. It isnt that great RB are a dime a dozen but long term value and cap flexibility. The basic issue is wear and tear of playing the position. I would argue the wear and tear on RB per play is higher then any other position. Thus RBs want the most money guaranteed while smart teams are reluctant to pay as RBs will be worth less and less the more they are used vs other positions. You dont want to stuck with the sunk cost of a rb who is a shell of their former self. This why teams are ok with a higher salary but lower guaranteed money rather then high guaranteed money but low salary for RB.

  66. truthfactory says: Apr 11, 2012 2:49 PM

    You mean, Mendenhall two years ago? Edgerrin James with the Steelers/Cards? Jerome Bettis during SB XL? Brian Westbrook a year before that? Marshall Faulk in 36?
    ——–

    LMAO! Eggerin James and Jerome Bettis?!? They were over the hill RBs on the last year of their careers averaging about 3.5 yds per carry! LOL

    The only legit example you gave was Marshall Falk, and that was 10 YEARS AGO!!!

    Like I said… The game has changed and top level RBs are virtually irrelevant when it comes to winning Super Bowls…

  67. truthfactory says: Apr 11, 2012 2:51 PM

    And last I checked… No one considers Mendenhall an elite RB… Good maybe, but not one of the top level guys

  68. conormacleod says: Apr 11, 2012 3:10 PM

    Not a Bears fan. They are much better with Forte. Don’t cave in Forte! Sit out the season if you have to!

  69. ramjam28 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    Forte New England Patriot sounds good to me. The guy is a workhorse and Brady could thrive having him in the backfield. They would be unstoppable. Please make it happen Pats.

  70. philtration says: Apr 11, 2012 3:31 PM

    patsfan1275 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:48 PM

    Why would he sign anything else? He deserves to get paid
    ====================================

    He had his chance to sign a long-term deal with the Bears not once but twice and he tried to milk it for more.
    Whatever bargaining power he had is gone now and the more he complains about being “insulted” by a $7.7 million deal for one year the more he looses the fan support as well.
    If you can play for what you made last year then you surely can play for this huge pay raise.

    He should have taken their original offer, which was long term and more than enough money.

  71. gridassassin says: Apr 11, 2012 4:06 PM

    I was in Forte’s corner until I saw Adrian Peterson go down, and I saw how DeAngelo Williams and Chris Johnson did after getting their big contracts.

    Furthermore, neither New England nor the NY Giants had a cornerstone RB – but won with a running back by committee scenario.

    I also don’t think the Bears could trade him, as he’s franchise tagged. He has to sign a long term deal with the Bears, THEN they can trade him …or they’d have to rip up the unsigned tender (which the Bears won’t do).

    With Ryan Grant, Cedric Benson, etc. still available in free agency – why would a team want to overpay for a guy (with a draft pick) for a guy who will hit 27 this year, and see his production more than likely go down?

    The Bears are making the smart thing – and I AM a huge Matt Forte fan. He should have sat out last July, when he had much more leverage – as he knew the offense, and Marion Barber did not – and there were no OTAs whatsoever.

  72. dstellhorn317 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:26 PM

    Seems like there are a lot of haters on here. Forte is one of the best RB’s in the league and there is nothing wrong with him wanting to be paid like the other top RB’s. Forte was the Bears offense lasy season, so he deserves to get rewarded with a fair deal.

  73. mjkelly77 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:28 PM

    Stay resolute, Matt. Either they pay you what you’re worth or make them trade you. Don’t sacrifice your family’s long-term security for one year’s chump change sucker offer.

  74. Dynasty says: Apr 11, 2012 4:38 PM

    THis guy is a Beast, yah RB’s this and RB’s that. This guy is not your typical RB. Catches GREAT, Cuts and sees it like only a select few.

    This guy deserves Star money plain and simple.

  75. mjkelly77 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:39 PM

    NFL players should take note that the Bears organization lacks integrity and will mistreat their players at the first opportunity. Caution: If you sign with the Bears, make sure you get big guaranteed money. They’ll screw you the first chance they get.

  76. mjkelly77 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:42 PM

    5280sportsbiz says:Apr 11, 2012 1:56 PM

    Peyton Manning would love a talent like Matt Forte…
    ______________

    peyton manning needs a talent like Matt Forte. It won’t take defenses long to see that Greedy Swamp Boy is done.

  77. granadafan says: Apr 11, 2012 5:09 PM

    With the way running backs are treated in the NFL and the short playing career, who’d want to be a running back in the league anymore. Smarter players would switch to other positions in the future.

  78. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Apr 11, 2012 6:32 PM

    hey minnesotasportsmind… (notice I excluded the “great”), he outperformed AP. Therefore he was the BEST in the division. Stop being a homer!

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    Wow! 1 whole year he out produced Adrian Peterson. All it took was for Peterson to miss a game and half with a high ankle sprain and miss another game and half with a torn ACL.

  79. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:48 PM

    There are like 2 or 3 RB in the entire league right now who can do all the things Matt Forte can do when you include his ability to run it, catch it, pound it, pick up the blitz & hit the homerun!!! A true Marshall Faulk type back!!! Has anyone forgotten about Marshall Faulk these days?!?! Even after drafting a crop like Edgerin James, Joseph Addai & Stephen Jackson the Colts & Rams both still WISH they had a Marshall Faulk back on their roster!!!! So let’s all stop acting like elite RBs are a dime a dozen! Yes RBs are easily found but you’ll go thu another 10 to 20 of em before you’ll find another COMPLETE Running Back like Matt Forte!!! Pay The Man!!! Please!! He just got injured for the first time EVER!! It’s not like they wouldn’t hesitate to cut him if he started getting hurt anyway, so they’re out the guaranteed money & a little cap space.. Whoop-Di-Doo!!

  80. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:13 PM

    The Bears have gotten away with highway robbery for the last 4 years paying this guy like $600 thousand per year!! He has made his stance very clear for two years now. He was under contract and played out that contract in remarkable form!! Now that it’s time to give him what they’ve been promissing him its all like “umm here’s a little money for one year”, “a year in which we’ll ride you till you get hurt & your career ends without ever getting the payday you deserved”!!

    I don’t typically agree with paying players for what they did in the past but in this case, the way they’ve strung him along, they owe him a little bit for past performance and a lotta bit for what he’s about to do for your offense!! Add Brandon Marshall and subtract Forte,, and the Bears offense is no better than they were the other way around!!

  81. cubear34 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:52 PM

    Matt, enjoy your year off from football! Hope you invested wisely

  82. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:04 AM

    *** seacolt213 ***

    ***On one hand Forte has had some significant injuries. On the other when he’s healthy, he’s a beast.***

    Last year Forte was injured for the first time in his football life!!! Sure he had bumps & serious bruises along the way but he never left the field!! And that is why most say not to pay him any more than they have to, because RBs don’t last and because they’re to easily replaced!! Well do me a favor, find me one RB in the game who could replace him not named Arian Foster & I’ll sell you a dozen chitty running backs over the next 5 years that will end up costing you twice what you would’ve paid to have the services of Forte!! Trust this, you give him a serious contract for 5 years that ranks his pay in the top 3-5 RB and you will have a stud back who will make that offense tick & tock like a clock all the dam& way down the field… And sometimes on a 2 play drive!! PAY THE MAN!!! Give him another 5 years in a bears uniform & He Will Be Mentioned Among The Greatest Bears Runners Of All Time!! That’s pretty good company for a dime a dozen dude!!

  83. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 12, 2012 12:46 AM

    *** Minniesportsmind ***

    ***Wow! 1 whole year he out produced Adrian Peterson. All it took was for Peterson to miss a game and half with a high ankle sprain and miss another game and half with a torn ACL. ***

    Yes Forte Did out produce Peterson… AP missed how many games? 3 total.?.? Forte missed about twice that many games and YES he out prouduced him!!

    I know that your point was that it’s the first time it’s happened outright, but my point is that Forte has been hot on APs heals every year but one in total yardage!! Forte doesn’t want to be the highest paid RB in the game, he wants to be paid top 3-5 RB money!! And he wants the team to commit to him just a little, not like they’re gonna be held to it, if they wanna cut him in 2 years they will.. He’s really only asking to be paid what he’s worth!!

    Oh and by the way, AP was paid top draft pick money for his first ; years in the league, then the team was falling all over themselves to throw a sweat deal at him!! Forte was paid like a special teamer his first 4 seasons & the team just kept saying year after year “this offseason we’re gonna work you a new deal Matt”,”We’re gonna take care of you” and they Never Did!!! THEY NEVER DID!!! Why shouldn’t he be bent?!?!? He loves his team and wants to offer up his services to them for the rest of his career!! The BEARS SHOULD BE FLATTERED AT THAT NOTION AND PUT A SERIOUS OFFER ON THE TABLE!!! Any other team that had his attention for 20 minutes would throw him the bone he’s been begging for for almost 3 years now!! ANY OTHER TEAM!!!

  84. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 12, 2012 3:47 AM

    *** realdealsteel ***

    The writing is on the wall because they brought in Michael Bush?!?! Each of the last three years they brought in a new “Short Yardage” back… Was the writing on the wall when they picked up Chester Taylor then proceeded to run the entire offense thru #22?!?! Was the writing there last year when Marion Barber was picked up and the Forte spent the first half of the campaign as the leading offensive yardage getter in the universe?!?!

    Bottom line, it they could easily get another Matt Forte, they wouldn’t even think about giving him the $7.7 mil franchise offer!!

    I’m really saddened that the owners were able to keep the franchise tag in place thru the lockout without at least modifying the parameters! If a guy gets franchised it should be married to a necisary long term contract. That would at least live up to the name “Franchise player”, but they just wanna skate on whichever is the most inconvenient contract at the time and owe the guy nothing but a swift kick in the a$$ after the “use me ,abuse me” franchise season is done with!!

  85. midwestbeast says: Apr 13, 2012 1:26 PM

    botton line they cannot get another Matt Forte are you serious, is anyone on here even serious, you can’t be foreal!!!! Michael Bush really he is not Matt Forte whatsoever, clearly no one here has ever played at a high level before, you can’t just pick up a RB such as Matt, if this is so why has’nt New England, or Greenbay, or Detroit. Bottome line pay the guy you will have not only a threat of the pass you will also have great concern for the run.

  86. midwestbeast says: Apr 13, 2012 1:41 PM

    The last running back to produce anywhere close to Matt was Neal Anderson. SERIOUSLY!!!!!! Neal Anderson….. easy to replace, Frank Gore has been doing this thing since 06′ how long has Matt been in the league????????? 4yrs, stop playing the guy deserves it not only does he deserve it the bears owe it to him for being the only thing weve had since Neal A. the guy is a work horse who has speed to burn and his big and he runs between the tackles if the Pat’s get this guy its curtins for the rest of the league trust that.

  87. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:14 PM

    *** seatownballers ***

    *** Who is gonna wanna trade for this guy? He s clearly said he wants a long term deal. What s stoppng him from holding out on the next team ***

    Forte has been very clear about wanting a long term contract, “Long Term” meaning that he likely wouldn’t hesitate to sign a 5 year deal, he would probably prefer a 6 year signing but at 5 years he has the type of commitment he’s been looking for. I would go so far as to say that if the Bears put together a 5 year deal with an annual salary right around what his Franchise tender is ($7.7 mil), and they gave him a decent guaranteed amount then Matt would likely sign it without hesitation!! Heck, it would probably be an amicable solution to make it a bigger signing bonus, smaller salary and an incentive laden back side!

    The point is that he’s not trying to be the highest paid RB in the game, he’s not asking for unrealistic numbers & he’s not asking for something that the organization hasn’t been telling him they would give for the past 2 years!! **** Forte has never held out of a single practice, while he is currently voicing his displeasure with the run around he’s been getting, he shouldn’t be looked at like some kinda greedy player who will hold out every time he has a stellar porformance!! He’s a hard working, UNDERPAID Elite Level RB with reasonable expectations! As a fan I’m rather disappointed that the Bears are even willing to play with fire and risk loosing Forte the first chance he gets!!

  88. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:58 AM

    *** Midwestbeast ***

    THANK YOU!!!
    I just love how all these dudes get on here and start up with all this nonsense about how “It’s a passing league” & “There has not been a top paid running back in the Super Bowl for a while now”!! As if Running backs who sign big contracts prevent their teams from going deep in the playoffs?!?! GMs who write stupid contracts to one guy (QB, RB or Nosetackle for crying out loud)!!! They prevent the ability to better their team at other positions!! What Forte is asking for will not cripple the Bears ability to continue improving the roster!! He’s not being greedy, he’s simply trying to get paid market value AND have the team commit to him..

    Being that Forte has fairly realistic figures in mind concerning salary & guaranteed money, I honestly don’t know why the Bears’ Brass is hesitant to give him the longer term he’s asking for.. It’s not like the team couldn’t just cut him late in the deal if need be and suffer nothing but a small cap hit!! Think about it this way, if they give him the type of deal he wants and his production increases at all, in any way, they are right back to a great deal, underpaying one of the best backs in the game… They won’t be getting away with robbery like these past 4 years, but still, they’ll be paying him less than the market says he’s worth! And history tells us that he would play out that contract!! If they wait until he can no longer be franchised then they’ll have to compete with other suitors and likely have to overpay for his services or simply let one of the best in the game slip away!!! UNACCEPTABLE!!

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