Jay Cutler changes course on Matt Forte

Getty Images

Jay Cutler won’t see a live pass rush for quite a while, but he’s already backpedaling.

The Bears quarterback made headlines in June when he said he’d be “shocked” if running back Matt Forte didn’t sign his franchise tender before the July 16th deadline to sign a multi-year deal, a comment that didn’t seem to please Forte all that much. We’re now just days away from the deadline and Cutler no longer sounds like he’ll be shocked if Forte’s tender goes unsigned.

During an interview on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Wednesday, Cutler backtracked from his earlier comments and said that “we don’t know what’s going to happen.” That lack of clarity extends to whether or not Forte will be at training camp.

“It’s a business on both ends,” Cutler said. “So if and when we get Matt back, we’re happy to have him.”

The question is really when more than if. Forte said at the end of June that he’s going to be playing for the Bears in 2012, although he could sit out until a week before the first game without jeopardizing any of the $7.7 million he stands to make under the franchise tender so there’s still a chance of a holdout when the Bears get to camp.

Cutler said that he isn’t worried about having limited time to work with Forte, something that he’ll likely be sticking to until Forte actually arrives.

32 responses to “Jay Cutler changes course on Matt Forte

  1. This is one of the few times I support a player holding out. The Bears are betting against Forte for the future, yet will work him to death and make him over 50% of the offense.
    Pay the man!

  2. This ceased to be an issue when Forte acknowledged that he will play this season…No need to encourage more Jay-bashing.

  3. I don’t understand why Cutler backtracked. Just stick with what you said and move on. He was probably asked a question and answered honestly. Forte’s feelings shouldn’t be that hurt.

  4. I think Cutler just recently learned the art of political correctness…congratulations. He’s been around long enough to know that all you have to do is feed the media clichés and lukewarm, vanilla statements regarding anything and everything. Everyone knows you inevitably get punished for being yourself…

  5. He handled this whole incident just like the way he quarterbacks. He reacts first without analyzing, and then starts backpedaling when he finds out he miscalculated. Now if he can just find a way to blame the whole thing on some other teammate, the metaphor will be complete.

  6. Lets be real this is Jay Cutlers team, cutler wanted receiver help he got Alshon Jefferey via draft and the beast Brandon Marshall via trade. Matt Forte better not piss jay cutler off because i think his days will be numbered in chicago if that happens

  7. If he doesn’t sign the long term extension by Monday’s deadline, Forte will miss a couple of weeks of training camp. No big deal. He won’t miss any games. Each game he plays, he’ll make (approximately) as much as he made all of last year.

    With a new coordinator, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and two returning starting O-Linemen – the Bears have enough to succeed on offense. Michael Bush isn’t Matt Forte – but he’s certainly better than his backups the past two seasons – Marion Barber and Chester Taylor.

    15 days til training camp baby!

  8. RBs don’t have nearly the value they do in today’s NFL that they once did. The Bears are smart not to lock in any guarantees for him after this year. Prior to last season he had like 7 GAMES in his entire career with 4.0 yds/carry.

    He’s got crazy wear on him for a “young” back. Michael Bush is just as good. Its a business, and Forte’s leverage dwindles by the day.

  9. The NFL doesn’t pay you for your opinion. That’s why they hire a PR team to write you a opinion.

  10. “Cutler said that he isn’t worried about having limited time to work with Forte”

    Like anyone believes that?? Forte WAS their offense! To say “he’s not worried about it,” is a Flat-out lie.

    Honestly, Cutler Should be talking him into signing, instead of being so apathetic about it.

    If I were a Bears fan, I’d rather have Cutler out than Forte. That much is for certain.

  11. Matt Forte has a horrible agent (Adisa Bakari) that has given him bad advice from day one. I wish the Bears would/could make public what they have offered Forte. Then we would see how greedy Matt Forte AND his agent really are.

  12. If I were a Bears fan, I’d rather have Cutler out than Forte. That much is for certain.

    ———————————————————————————–

    This is probably in the top ten stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Then again, I’m prone to hyperbole.

  13. Forte has 21 career rushing TD’s, McCoy had 17 last year alone.

    Case closed Matt. McCoy does everything a lot better than you. You are not in his stratosphere and are not an elite back. You WILL NOT get paid like one.

  14. benchwarmer69 says:

    “If I were a Bears fan, I’d rather have Cutler out than Forte. That much is for certain.”

    (Glad you’re not a Bears fan, then.)
    ————————————–
    chilomane says:

    “Jay is a d-bag”

    (Chill out, man, all that bitterness and hate can’t be good for you.)
    ————————————–
    virusgvr says:

    “The bears are so screwed this year it’s not even funny!”

    (Care to expound rationally on that?)
    ————————————–
    blackandbluedivision says:

    “The NFL doesn’t pay you for your opinion. That’s why they hire a PR team to write you a opinion.”

    (Uh-huh, ’cause that’s who fans really want to hear, the PR guy…Maybe you should hire one.)
    —————————————
    theashleyguy says:

    “He handled this whole incident just like the way he quarterbacks. He reacts first without analyzing, and then starts backpedaling when he finds out he miscalculated. Now if he can just find a way to blame the whole thing on some other teammate, the metaphor will be complete.”

    (Even a PR guy would be useless in this case.)
    —————————————-
    lionsgofrompitytofearin3years says:

    “Great. Now they’re a 7-9 team, not an 8-8 team. Next.”

    (A Lions fan, flapping in the breeze…Next!)
    —————————————
    footballfan84 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:28 PM

    “Joe Montana was a quarterback you stupid idiot!”

    (Did I miss the part where the stupid idiot said that Joe Montana WASN’T a quarterback?)
    ——————————————–
    Go Bears!

  15. *** shutupbrees ***

    >>> He’s got crazy wear on him for a “young” back. Michael Bush is just as good. Its a business, and Forte’s leverage dwindles by the day. <<<

    Are you serious?!?!?!?! Michael Bush is just as good as Matt Forte?!?!?
    At what? A nacho eating contest? If he were even close to Matt Forte's level, he probably would have been picked up by a team as a starting RB don't you think?? He's a backup RB, just as he's been his entire career! The bears are gonna use him as a short yardage runner and in Goaline to reduce wear on their elite RB!!

    Forte is widely regarded, by his peers, NFL coaches and many analysts as the best true all around back in the league!!

    I suppose next you're gonna unleash more wisdom on us and proclaim that Chase Daniel is just as good as Drew Breese?!?!?!

  16. virusgvr says:
    Jul 11, 2012 11:40 PM
    >>> The bears are so screwed this year it’s not even funny! <<<

    Care to elaborate on that a bit?? Just for the rest of us who are a little confused or don't have access to the meds you're taking for that "Virus"!?!?

    The Bears look awfully dangerous this year and are gonna drop the hammer on a lot of teams!! The Lions would have stayed home for the playoffs last year if it weren't for Chicago's injuries and lack of quality depth at the QB position!! The Bears are looking damn good thru the offseason and stand a chance at winning multiple rings in the next 4 years!!

  17. louiespoon says:
    Jul 11, 2012 11:33 PM
    >>> 5 year deal, 20M signing bonus, first three years guaranteed…. nothing more <<<

    The rediculous thing of it is that you're spot on!! That's all it would take, probably even a smaller signing bonus would get it done! I really think its pathetic that the Bears won't give him the deal that he's earned, the deal that they have told him he would get for the last two plus years!! When you consider how long they jerked him around and promised they would take care of him, only to use their "get out of jail free card" when they couldn't take advantage of his rediculously low rookie contract any longer!! The worst part of this whole thing is that it would be easy for them to guard against any serious loss by making the deal back heavy with a reasonable signing bonus and lots of incentive money tied in.. If they had to cut him loose for any reason, they would suffer only a minimal cap hit.. AND they would have one of the best all around RBs in the game, HAPPY to be there and feeling well taken care of!!!

    STUPID!!!

  18. I like Forte alot, but he quickly became very overrated. He does do alot of things well. He is not exceptional at any one thing, let alone several things. Much of his production is a result of him being on the field alot, and Cutler having no option other than Forte. If you’re the Bears what can you really do on offense, hand the ball to the RB, or drop it off to the RB cause the pass rush is there well before the mediocre WR’s are open.

  19. lilmiddle78 says: Jul 12, 2012 3:24 AM

    virusgvr says:
    Jul 11, 2012 11:40 PM
    >>> The bears are so screwed this year it’s not even funny! <<<

    Care to elaborate on that a bit?? Just for the rest of us who are a little confused or don't have access to the meds you're taking for that "Virus"!?!?

    The Bears look awfully dangerous this year and are gonna drop the hammer on a lot of teams!! The Lions would have stayed home for the playoffs last year if it weren't for Chicago's injuries and lack of quality depth at the QB position!! The Bears are looking damn good thru the offseason and stand a chance at winning multiple rings in the next 4 years!!

    ===========================

    If the Bears weren't given the week 1 game in 2010 the Lions would have won at least 7 that year while the Bears, instead of winning the division and getting a 2 seed would have been watching from home. FUNNY, how Lions fans were "crying" and there's "No injury excuses in football" but when it happens to the Bears…OMG!! It's called "Karma", schmuck. As a Lions fan I acknowledge if ya didn't have the injuries you'd have made it, but given the year prior and the approach by Bears fans I can only say "Stop crying, injuries are part of the game" and "Would'a, could'a, should'a".

  20. The Chicago Bears is Jay Cutler’s team, but he needs Forte to go with Marshall & Alshon Jeffery an Hester, real Bears fans want Cutler to have all his WEPONS. Be afraid packers fans cause Chicago want the division FIRST, AN Lovie needs to beat Green bay to help with his contract situation. Im excited cause were going to have a Great year

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!