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Matt Forte doesn’t want to be NFL’s best-paid back

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Matt Forte wants everyone to know that he’s not trying to land the biggest contract of any running back in the NFL.

Forte was on the NFL Network Wednesday night after he was named the 33rd best player in the league in the network’s players poll and was asked whether he was hoping to become the best-paid back in football. Forte said that he wasn’t looking for anything more than a contract that recognized his place among the league’s best backs. He was also asked about feeling disrespected during the negotiation process.

“All you can ask for is respect, and you go out there and you do your best to earn it. Respect isn’t given to anybody,” Forte said. “You’ve got to earn it out there. So the way I go about playing the game, preparing for it and the way I play, I feel I have earned the respect. As far as being disrespected, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the business side of the league. It’s unfortunate that when the organization does treat it as a business (but) when a player does, he gets frowned upon. You have to do what’s best for you and your family.”

The Bears are looking at things the same way. They have concerns about Forte’s ability to hold up physically and signing Michael Bush to a four-year deal sent a message that they aren’t going to break the bank to pay Forte. Whether or not that leaves enough room for Forte to land a contract in the neighborhood he’d like to call home remains to be seen, but the business side is definitely a problem for Forte moving forward.

Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com writes that the Bears recently reached out to Forte about a long-term deal, but with the caveat that he signs his franchise tender before things can really move forward. If Forte does not reach agreement on a new deal with the Bears by July 16th, he will have to play for the $7.7 million tender or hold out from the team while giving up money.

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28 Responses to “Matt Forte doesn’t want to be NFL’s best-paid back”
  1. woodg8 says: Jun 7, 2012 9:46 AM

    He shouldn’t get AP money, but then he also shouldn’t get CJ money. CJ doesn’t even deserve CJ money

    Fair deal for Forte is what McCoy/Foster got, but his constant whining is why Emery won’t give it to him

    If he kept his mouth shut when Emery took over (like Briggs did), he’d probably have a fair contract by now

  2. doe22us says: Jun 7, 2012 9:46 AM

    These ignorant fools, i wish someone will give me 7.7m just to feel disrespected.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 7, 2012 9:48 AM

    Matt Forte doesn’t want to be NFL’s best-paid back
    ______

    Don’t worry.

  4. jagsfanugh says: Jun 7, 2012 9:53 AM

    I would think Forte, MJD and the rest would get it by now. No team is going to give them a AP, CJ type of contract. Those days are over.

  5. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jun 7, 2012 9:55 AM

    doe22us June 7, 2012, 8:46 AM CDT

    These ignorant fools, i wish someone will give me 7.7m just to feel disrespected.

    ___________

    Go to the training that they do and how they put their body through hell and back and if you’re lucky and have the will and dedication you might have the once in a lifetime chance of getting a long term NFL contract. He’s protecting himself and his family for what he is worth. Would you work for 1/6 of what you feel like you should be making while knowing there are 15-20 other places that would pay you more in a heartbeat?

  6. deeeeetroit says: Jun 7, 2012 9:55 AM

    lions will trade for avril?

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 7, 2012 10:02 AM

    If you have concerns about his knees, trade him…. didn’t think so.

  8. rdly49ers says: Jun 7, 2012 10:05 AM

    What A shame..the Niners still gave frank{the tank} gore a contract even after he had hip surgery last season .. Now that’s a gd front office .

  9. soia311 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:07 AM

    woodg8 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 9:46 AM

    If he kept his mouth shut when Emery took over (like Briggs did), he’d probably have a fair contract by now

    ———————————————————–

    The reason he doesn’t have the contract he wants is because the team isn’t sure if he’s going to hold up as far as his health. It’s not because he’s talked publicly about his contract.

    They aren’t children. They aren’t going to spite him.

    Forte: Waahhhh they won’t pay me.
    Emery: I’m not paying him because he told on me.

    Give me a break, dude. There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes. Especially when millions of dollars are involved. This notion that teams don’t pay players because they “whine” about their contract is ridiculous.

  10. mancave001 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:11 AM

    The Bears are looking at things the same way. They have concerns about Forte’s ability to hold up physically….
    ———————————–

    Uh, maybe if they didn’t pound him into the ground, that wouldn’t be a problem? Just a thought. They are giving him the old Westbrook treatment. He’ll be done in 3 years if they keep using him like they have been.

  11. snowpea84 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:13 AM

    Forte is a good, solid, all around back, but not quite what he’s made out to be around the league.

  12. sterilizecromartie says: Jun 7, 2012 10:21 AM

    Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com writes that the Bears recently reached out to Forte about a long-term deal, but with the caveat that he signs his franchise tender before things can really move forward.
    ———
    The Eagles did the same thing with D-Jax last year. “Just show up and we PROMISE we will work out a deal….. NOT!”

  13. truthfactory says: Jun 7, 2012 10:21 AM

    Im sure C Johnson, F. Gore, A. Peterson, and D. Williams are very happy with their contracts, but somehow I think their GMs are starting to regret them.

    Just cause other teams grossly overpay for RBs (generally the most replaceable position, and also the one where players have the biggest drop in production from year to year), that doesnt mean the Bears should too. Kudos to the Bears for not giving in and just throwing money at what will likely be a bad long term investment

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:22 AM

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  15. larryboodry says: Jun 7, 2012 10:28 AM

    As Norman Chad would say…’Pay the man, Shirley!’

  16. niubears says: Jun 7, 2012 10:28 AM

    McCoy’s guaranteed money is too much to give to Forte. Give him 17-18 guaranteed and terms slightly less than McCoy’s and make it the final offer. If Forte and his crap agent doesn’t accept it, it’s their loss.

  17. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    doe22us says:
    Jun 7, 2012 9:46 AM
    These ignorant fools, i wish someone will give me 7.7m just to feel disrespected.

    Given the brevity of their careers, the toll that playing in the NFL takes on their bodies, and the tremendous amounts of cash that their efforts generate for the owners, I have no problem with these guys trying to get every dime that they can. And if part of the negotiation process (and that’s what this is) is to try to get the team to believe that they feel insulted or disrespected by the team’s offer, then so be it.

  18. purpleguy says: Jun 7, 2012 10:49 AM

    His comments seemed pretty damn rational and intelligent, so I don’t know what the fuss is all about. He’s a class guy and a solid player. The Bears would be stupid not to get his contract resolved.

  19. tharoostah says: Jun 7, 2012 10:54 AM

    Lame… The idea that this guy should get paid what LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster got is just stupid. Despite playing in 60 games compared to McCoy’s 46 and Fosters 39, they both have more touchdowns, & better yards per carry than him.

    His contract should be closer to Jamaal Charles or Frank Gores, which the Bears have offered but he has refused. Let me tell you what will happen. Hes going to split carries with Michael Bush, who by the way has the same exact career per carry average as Forte at 4.2 yds. His value will drop because his decreased roll in the offense, constant whining, most likely in his case an injury. The Bears will lower their offer after the season and he will sign with some crap team like the Bengals and sign a contract closer to that of Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis (who oh by the way has the same per carry average as Forte and the exact same amount of TD’s at 29 despite playing in less games)

    That 7.7 mill will be the most he ever makes in a year in his entire career

  20. dldove77 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    @rdly 49ers: No, that’s a dumb front office.

  21. bigchoreographer says: Jun 7, 2012 11:05 AM

    It’s not a holdout if he’s not under contract.

  22. skodi says: Jun 7, 2012 11:15 AM

    truthfactory says:
    Jun 7, 2012 10:21 AM
    Im sure C Johnson, F. Gore, A. Peterson, and D. Williams are very happy with their contracts, but somehow I think their GMs are starting to regret them.

    Just cause other teams grossly overpay for RBs

    In general I agree with what you are saying. Saying that, there is alot more to some of those salaries than future production and the ease that those payers can be replaced. It’s about making money. There are alot of people that will go to a game just to see AP or CJ play the game, and who will buy a jersey with their name on the back. It is very much like homecoming king/queen. It is a big popularity contest for a short period of time. Only in this case millions and milions of dollars are on the table

  23. dcbassguy says: Jun 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    Forte has no shot at Shady or Fosters money.

    He’s on the wrong side of injury, and has way to much wear for a team to justify paying him long term. He needs to take the 7+mil for this year and either go sign somewhere else, or see what the bears will do next year.

    C. Benson, isn’t what Forte is, but him still being unsigned clearly shows what the NFL thinks of RB’s.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 7, 2012 12:31 PM

    Tulane University needs an explanation.

  25. sdb0ltz says: Jun 7, 2012 12:37 PM

    Gheez. Pay the man. Any team in the NFL would love to have this guy.

    Forte has sacrificed everything for this team.. He’s over half their offense for crying out loud!

    First they tell him to go and and play and his contract will follow… then they tell him they have durability concerns because they over used him!? Thats lame.

    Pay the man.

  26. firejerry says: Jun 7, 2012 12:57 PM

    I wish I only knew what the Bears were offering. Then I could decide if they were being cheap or Forte and his agent was over valuing his worth.

    Since, Forte is always crying in public, perhaps the Bears should publish their offer and let the fans determine his worth and get it over with.

  27. granadafan says: Jun 7, 2012 2:08 PM

    He doesn’t even deserve Marshawn Lynch money

  28. lilmiddle78 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:28 AM

    1) All of you who have the stated that AP money, CJ money and Deangelo money AIN’T gonna happen…… Duh, he AIN’T askin for it either!!!! He wants to be slotted right around Shady McCoy which is exactly what he’s worth going forward for the next 4-5 years!!

    2) Those of you who have stated that Forte doesn’t even deserve Frank Gore money, Marshawn Lynch money or Jamaal Charles money… Umm, your football knowledge is severely lacking, your opinion is leaning towards stupid and you’re embarrassing the rest of us by association!!!

    3) If you were in the camp that believes the Michael Bush signing was to show Forte he’s not so important after all…. Umm, WTF… PAY ATTENTION!! The Bears have signed a short yardage back each season for three years in a row now.. (as soon as they saw what they had in Forte & decided to save his health a bit by not giving him the tough short yardage & Goaline carries)!! Michael Bush will not impact that offense even 25% of what Forte does! Forte doesn’t have as many TDs as some other RBs in his class BECAUSE the Bears have used exclusive Goaline runners after Forte takes them down the field in three plays!!

    4) If you think that Forte is whining about his contract… PAY ATTENTION!! He’s been told for 2+ years now “We’ll take care of your new deal in this offseason Matt” they NEVER did.. They have had an ELITE RB at a HUGE discount for 4 years now!! And when it’s time to give the man what he’s earned, while he is still a talent on the rise & widely considered the best true all around back in the game, they say “We want to use our get out of jail free card and shoe you any of the commitment you’ve shown us”!!! I’ll say it again….. WTF!!!!

    PAY THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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