Florio wrote earlier this month about how quarterback Jay Cutler’s public comments on unsigned franchise player Matt Forte’s in-progress contract talks undermined Forte’s leverage in negotiations with the Bears.
Forte seems to agree with that notion. He wasn’t thrilled with Cutler’s words.
“It kind of looks bad when other people speak for you,” Forte told the Chicago Sun Times. “[Cutler] doesn’t really know what’s going to happen. He’s not in the negotiations. He’s just being optimistic. He wants me there.”
Forte acknowledged that the process of getting the Bears to sign him long term has left “scars” between himself and the organization.
Cutler said in early June that he’d be “shocked” if Forte didn’t sign his one-year, $7.7 million franchise tender and report to training camp in a timely manner.
Forte would prefer Cutler to mind his own business.