Forte says he won’t walk out on the Bears

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been candid regarding his desire for a new contract and his displeasure with the Bears’ failure to give him one.

Though he didn’t hold out, some have wondered whether he may walk out in the hopes of forcing the team to address the situation.

In a Friday appearance on NBC SportsTalk (VERSUS, 6:00 p.m. ET), Forte said “there’s no chance” he would do that.

For that answer and more from Forte, check out this extended clip from the show.

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34 responses to “Forte says he won’t walk out on the Bears

  1. As a Niner fan, I have nothing but respect for Forte. Not only is he an amazing RB, but he’s also a stand up guy who cares about his too much to even considertion walking out or not playing through his contract taking a big risk to his future income especially since he’s 50% of the Bears offense and is blocking or engaging in some form of contact in the 50% he’s not holding the ball. The Bears front office should be ashamed for it’s handling of Forte’s contract, or lack there of. It’s too bad there can’t be some exception to the franshise tag allowing some players the right to give their old team the finger once they’ve played out their contracts.

  2. It is funny how teams can tear up a contract and cut a player anytime they want to, but a player cannot do anything. If they refuse to play, they lose all their money.

  3. Maybe he should take a page out of C. Johnson’s book. Just hold out for “playmaker” money, than come back and average 2.8 yards a carry. Thats how he do! What, did it take C.J till week 5 to finally break a twenty yard run? Pay the man! hahaha

  4. Pay. This. Man.

    You’re stupid not to, your team would be as bad as the dolphins without him.

    Fine, maybe not as bad as the dolphins….

    But as bad as the Browns for sure.

  5. This guy has been a problem child in the classiest way. The Bears need to pay him or let him walk. Not gonna happen this season, but he would fit well in the NFCE. The Giants will jettison Jacobs next year, the Eagles could use him to compliment McCoy, The ‘Boys could use him the same way with Murray, and the Redskins…. oh the ‘Skins could use any one who can take the pressure off their QB, whoever that may be. Personally, I think the GIANTS should look for him to pair with the often hurt Bradshaw. A three pronged attack with Forte, Bradshaw, and newcomer and speed demon Da’rell Scott could be lethal.

  6. can’t he just fake his retirement and get out of his current contract, then come back and choose which team he wants to play for?

  7. Smart man.

    If he holds out like CJ did and then puts up crappy numbers after getting paid, he will get the same treatment from everyone Johnson is.

    Johnson probably wouldn’t be doing so poorly had he came in and worked with the team and not sat at home. Sure, the team’s interior OL is struggling but it ain’t all their fault.

    Forte has to know he will get paid eventually and the team has to know they can’t allow him to go down the same path CJ did, either…

  8. “He’s an honorable man.”

    What is honorable about destroying your body for the benefit of your employer and sticking your family with the bill for your long term care?

  9. It will be funny if the Bears shoot themselves in the weiner by using him as trade bait to get players they should’ve had all along: wide receivers and offensive linemen.

  10. The Bears are right to not give Forte a new contract. The man signed a contract and it should be honored.

    Besides, the Bears need to upgrade their offensive line and aquire an entirely new wide receiver corp for that whining, sniveling, spoiled brat Cutler to throw to.

    I must admit I thoroughly enjoy watching Cutler get his butt buried every weekend though.

    Come to think of it, open the bank vault for Forte. Give him Manning or Brady money. That way there won’t be anything left to improve the team elsewhere. That way Cutler will continue to get his rear end kicked.

  11. redbeardxxv –

    Congrats, you’ve made the dumbest comment I have ever read. “The Eagles could use him to complement McCoy.” Yeah, lets get 2 of the top 5 RBs on the same team because that won’t cause any bickering about getting touches. You’re right, I think the Packers should trade for Brady, cause he and Rodgers would be dynamic together. Or maybe the Lions should pick up Wes Welker, Mike Wallace and Steve Smith to compliment Megatron. You know compliments a good RB? A passing game.

  12. You can’t blame management for managing their salary cap. How many of these guys sign a big contract and play like crap thereafter? Besides, running backs seem to be a dime a dozen.

  13. Class act. Peyton Hillis should take a cue at how this man handles it. Even though he will get franchised thats still going to be a nice one year contract salary considering how Johnson and A.P just jumped up the average salary. Chicago should pay the man but they probably wont knowing them

  14. As a Bears fan I watched the the Bears O crumble after they traded T. Jones away for chump change to the Jets. Yeah, the Bears had other issues as well but how did that work out?

    Forte is a solid running back and as good as you could find on any team. They will not find an upgrade anywhere else.

    Is he a Payton or Sanders or Brown? Not. But will certainly lift a team’s offense as we are seeing with the Bears.

    I’d give him a 3 year deal, all guaranteed (if that’s possible with the new CBA), for $25 M. He gets paid big bucks in a short window.

    After the 3 years the Bears will be looking for the next future RB and Forte will go where he has a better chance of winning.

    It’s a win / win.

  15. it was never an issue of him walking out. It’s something this site put out there trying to make news.

  16. bobbyhoying says:Nov 5, 2011 9:13 AM

    You can’t blame management for managing their salary cap. How many of these guys sign a big contract and play like crap thereafter? Besides, running backs seem to be a dime a dozen.
    Ok bobby …..if running backs are a dime a dozen why don’t the Bears just let Forte walk into free agency next year instead of franchising him as has been reported? If the Bears don’t want to pay him let the NFL market set his value then. But they won’t because they know just how important this one player is to their multi million dollar corporation. But like all good capitalist they’ll exploit their cheap labor for as long as they can.

    The guy accounts for about 50% of this team’s offense. He’s the team’s best receiver and best running back and no one is really even close.

    A dime a dozen….That is the lazy statement made by so many who like to think they know something about football. Superstars at any position don’t come a dime a dozen and a player that accounts for half his team’s offense doesn’t come a dime a dozen.

  17. As a lifelong Packers fan, and part of a family that has been Packers fans since the team’s inception, I am genetically programmed to hate the Bears.

    That being said, there have been a handful of Bears players over the years whom I couldn’t help but admire and/or respect. Forte is definitely one of those few.

    I’d be more than happy to have him on my team, and his treatment by the Bears makes my Bears hatred come that much easier and run that much deeper.

    Silly, silly Bears.

  18. @dfeltz
    Read Redbeards comments again. It said:

    “The Giants will jettison Jacobs next year, the Eagles could use him to compliment McCoy, The ‘Boys could use him the same way with Murray, and the Redskins.”

    I think what he meant to say was that the Eagles, Cowboys, or Skins could use JACOBS to complement their feature back, not pick up Forte to pair with their feature back.

    He then said the Giants would be wise to pick up Forte to pair with the tender-footed Bradshaw (which won’t happen either).

  19. Each game the Bears wait, the higher his value goes up.
    The Bears will tag him for the next 2 years rather than pay him.

    And if and when the Bears pay him, a 2 yards per carry average and a new growth of alligator arms will follow.

    It’s all part of the game.

  20. The Bears have won games the last ten years despite their front office. They are considerably under the cap this year, yet they brought in no new offensive lineman, no serious threats at wide receiver, and now they are causing all sorts of unrest in the locker room by not paying Forte.

    This isn’t a Hillis situation where the locker room has turned against the guy, the rest of the Bears realize how valuable Forte is and what he mans to the team. I’m sure the coaching staff realizes it too (there are a few light bulbs on in there, not all of them, but a few), shame the front office doesn’t.

  21. Considering he is under contract why would he. Hey Forte lets be honest here, you were offered a contract and rejected it. Balls in your court. Stop bitching in the news media, we all want out bosses to pay us more too. Lifes a bitch.

  22. Sit out against the Eagles just to prove your point. Maybe thatll wake that punk front office wake up. The Bears paid washed up Chester Taylor and wont pay Forte???

  23. Please stop with the inaccurate “pay the man” rants. The Bears offered him an extension with $15 million guaranteed before the season started. Was the offer low? Yes. But it wasn’t cheap or out of line. Don’t be mad at the Bears because Carolina paid their RB a ridiculous amount. A fair offer was on the table. This is Forte’s gamble.

  24. My question is, why didn’t the NFLP negotiate to rid with the franchise tag? The players AGREED to it, so the Bears front office is playing their cards the right way. It doesn’t matter what we think, cause once a player gets paid a ton it’s not out of the realm of possibilities for them to suck. Not that Forte would regress, but it’s certainly a feasible scenario. RBs wear out quickly in this league; the Bears are acting within the rules. Go Bears!!

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