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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: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:22 am

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

Just pay the man,,he's all we got !!!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:03 am

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

Matt Forte, meet Earl Campbell and James Wilder.  Stay in touch as they will be able to get you a great deal on a plastic hip and wheelchair at a later date.

This man will most likely be physically retarded by age 35 and yet some obese slob will sit on his couch and complain these guys get paid too much and/or shouldn't have future health benefits.

And who said the days of gladiators were over?!?!?  Instead of near-instantly being eaten by tigers for our own sick enjoyment, we just slowly beat them to death - for our own sick enjoyment - and then tell them to pay their own hospital bills.   And NO, many of them do not have much for other options as these are the same people passing them from grade to grade even though they can't read but can run fast or dunk a ball.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:56 am

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

nonbiasedone, Forte can't pull a Hillis if he wants a long term deal worth alot of bucks.  He has got to continue to perform.  Running backs come and go quickly.  His only shot at decent long-term money is to finish the season strong and repeat it next season(while being paid quite well for the season).  Then someone will show him the money and he can walk.  If the Bears decide they want to keep him badly enough they will ante up prior to that.  To Forte's credit, he seems to understand he needs to play.  Hillis screwed things up.  No one is going to throw big money at him after this season.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:37 am

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

If Forte was smart he'd turn the tables on the Bears. Accept the franchise tag, hopefully not get hurt and move on. There have been plenty of backs who have been valuable to their teams in their 30's as everydown backs ala McGahee and F. Jackson to name two off the top of my head.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:17 am

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

The guy is absolutely right. "40 percent of Chicago's offensive yardage produced"- I am SHOCKED that a professional athlete in these days that gets paid peanuts can do that and not be holding out or giving a half ass job. The feeling in Chicago is he's not a guy that is consistent every year but when he walks this year what are they gonna have????? Cutler will get ate alive along with the team until they draft and develop another RB. By the look of things they have NO CHOICE but to sign this guy anad sign him big!

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:50 am

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

There is no such thing as an under paid player that gets the Franchise Tag.  The Franchise Tag guarantees him a huge salary for one season.  He just wants to be guaranteed a big salary for many seasons, no matter the performance.  Look what happened to the Titans when they gave Chris Johnson his huger contract.

The Bears are playing this exactly right.    

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:36 am

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

That was for CatusSwinger! CBS your message board sucks! Cant maintain a thread chain? What is this 1997? CatusSwinger, they need you QA'ing this garbage!

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:32 am

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

You should worry less about Forte's money and more about your's and how I am kicking your a** in the pick'em pool; then going to take that money and tripple it on you on cards once I am back! Money mouth

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:57 am

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

They should pay him.  Sadly the way contracts are handled is silly.  The RB position is such a short lived career that these guys never see their rookie contracts run out before their career and body is used up.  Unlike most other positions were a team and player have the time to see were they stack up in the field to renegotiate a new contract or cash in on free agant dollars.  Whens that last ime you saw a RB cash in on free agency?  They don't becouse teams know the treads have been run off these guys.  I agree with what CJ did however he is not a great example since he missed all of training camp and never came in football shape to earn this years pay out.  It is a fine line with RB on how they need to get payed.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:39 am

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

I think its time to start pulling a "Hillis" in order to save yourself and not get injured while waiting for that contact.

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