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Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 2:31 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Bears running back Matt Forte might very well be the most underpaid player in professional football. Forte's averaging 96 rushing yards a game behind a Swiss (cheese) built offensive line, he's averaging 59.9 receiving yards a game, he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,091 and he accounts for over 40 percent of Chicago's offensive yardage produced.

Yet the Bears refuse to pay him. Or even talk about paying him. And may just end up using their franchise tag on him. All of which is starting to grind Forte's gears.

"The running back position is the most physically demanding on the field," Forte said Tuesday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "Everyone acknowledges that. So to continue to give me the touches I’ve had since my rookie year but not award me a long-term contract sends the message that you’re OK grinding me into a pulp."

Look, the Bears and Forte are in a weird situation. He's blowing up this season and he probably deserves to get paid. And the Bears desperately need him on their roster.

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But if you're Chicago, and you're watching what happened with Chris Johnson and the Titans this season, how can you reasonably carve out a chunk of your payroll to give Forte a big-time deal when you don't have to? Especially since the franchise tag will be available after this season, even if it's something that won't make Forte too happy.

"If they think by just slapping the franchise tag on me that’s going to silence anything, they’re sadly mistaken," he said. "That’s not going to cure everything. It’s not a solution, I would say."

Reading between the lines, it's not implausible to think Forte might consider holding out if the Bears apply the franchise tag to him. It's reasonable for him to be upset, because he'll turn 27 in December and 28 the December after that, which means he wouldn't see his first non-rookie guaranteed contract until he was 29, should the Bears only franchise him once.

It's a legitimate quandary and although Forte's incredibly valuable to Chicago -- and the primary reason they've had any offensive success whatsoever -- his value takes a serious hit if the running back's contract takes up a substantially bigger portion of Chicago's payroll.

And if he's ground to a pulp, well, he doesn't do them much good at all.

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Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:29 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

And at the end of the day, who cares (about Forte, the Bears or the NFL).  It is just entertainment.  They (the NFL) almost shot themselves in the head this year, but realized at the last minute how stupid that would have been.  So, kudos for that.  Look, I like football too, but there are other more pressing problems in life that makes football look infinitely small on the scale at the end of the day.  Overpaying these guys because you'd only have one win.  Honestly, who cares?

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:28 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

Burlz..... I somewhat agree with you on that old school mentality, but what has happened to these old school athletes that gave their heart and soul with low pay? Most, if they're not dead, are on welfare because they didn't get paid enough or mismangaed their money. Also, the NFL doesn't want to provide them with the insurance they were promised and desparately need from physical and mental ailments of laying it all on the line week in and week out. So today's athlete sees how the old school players were treated and must look out for themselves when the NFL turns their back on the old school..... just saying

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:25 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

Last time I looked, nobody forced anybody to play football.  These guys go that route because it is where they will make the most money in the shortest time.  I'm not going to feel sorry for them if they get beat to a pulp.  They had a choice.  Most of these guys were in college and many probably didn't belong there, but I'll bet most of them didn't really train for anything else.  So, they had TWO choices (including free ride college educations) and sports (which pays better than most jobs) than most other people in the United States.  It's a business.  If Forte doesn't like it, he only has really one choice.  Retire.  But, no.  He'll just crank away about how underpaid he is.  Well, there are millions of people right now who wish they had his job (the unemployed) and many more that wish they could get in there and get beat to a pulp for a year or two and earn NFL money.  Sorry, not feeling sorry for ANY athlete in any sport.  They could have made other choices and can make them now also.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:24 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

Matt Forte twitter to Chris Johnson...

You muther Fuc#!*%%@# ing God damn Fuc%#$#$!*& assw%$!&&!!!!!!!!  

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:20 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

As a Bears and football fan, I hope the bears let him go and he becomes an unrestricted free agent, and signs somewhere else.  Then when the Bears go 3 and 13, we can let Angelo go.  If the Bears did not have Forte, they'd only have 1 win at best.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:19 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

I think he should boycott this week and just not show up for the Philly game...That will show 'em!

Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:05 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

I'm getting grinded to a pulp at work too, the difference is I'm getting paid 15 bucks an hour and will probably have to work until I'm 75 years old! Poor guy- we all feel really bad for you! What ever happened to the athlete that actually wants the ball, wants to be involved in as many plays as possible, wants to put the team on his back? There's old school guys that refused to come out of the game and this pu$$y is complaining about being used too much! I realize it's all a game to try to get leverage for his contract demands, but when will these players learn that comments like this make you look REAL bad in the eyes of the average, everyday joe that works 50 hours a week for 40-50 years just to get by.   

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:00 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

Game Over.... How can you say the Bears are "playing this exactly right?" By underpaying him for the average pay of his position when he leads the NFL in total yards from scrimmage? Then many who critique these athlete only want to pull out the bad like Chris Johnson. OK.... CJ stinks after getting paid; what about Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Tom Brady, Michael Vick, and others. Did you know among the top ten highest paid palyers for 2011 include Dolphins Paul Soliai @ 12.M, Haloti NGata @ 12.5M, & Gerald McCoy @ 12.8M all Defensive Tackles? Most players work their tales off......

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:56 am

He can make more in one season....

Than most of us make in a lifetime.Yes,he`s definitely worth more.No,i don`t feel sorry for him.It`s called business.And the 1% of the population (or as Fox "News" calls them,job creators lol) that hold all of the money,didn`t get 99% of their money by treating people fairly when they didn`t have to.This is just a text book case.My suggestion to young Forte,put`er in the bank now son ,`till your over the financial hump.The "job creators" won`t give you more `till they have to.It`s really a perfect example of a screwed up financial system.Every football fan,Bears fan or not,knows this guy is VERY good and deserves more.But the "job creators" with all the money won`t give him what he`s worth, simply because they don`t have to,And they`re happy like that.Human decency and ethics have nothing to do with many of the Wall Street "job creators".And that`s the Bears owners ilk.Wall Street.I think there`s a little protest going on somewhere right now over just this very type of thing :) Only ALL of them would be happy with the money Forte makes.His is just a higher pay scale,same principle.Many of the "job creators" are scum bags.They know it and don`t care.That`s just life.Happens to millions of the 99% on a smaller scale every day.Hang in there Matt.You`ll be in the 1% soon enough .Then you`ll love`em.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:55 am

Matt Forte: Bears are 'grinding me to a pulp'

This just in....Forte will turn 27 in December, and then next December he will turn 28! I need to look into this further.

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