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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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FB_Gear
Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:52 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:29 pm
 

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

I could care less about Forte or his need for a contract, but this is just poor reporting.

"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."

Forte turns 26 this December, not 27.  He would turn 27 in December of next season (which would be during his franchise year). Meaning he would see his first non-rookie contract when he is 27, not 29, should the Bears only franchise him once.

Do your homework before writing an article.

 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:21 pm
 

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

This is such a non story its almost laughable.  Everyones acting like this is the first guy to ever want a contract extension.  Allot of teams not just the Bears do not negotiate contracts once the season starts.  Any deal Forte signs will be an extension to his rookie deal so he wont see any of that money til next season anyway.  The only leverage Forte has is making public remarks to pressure the Bears via public opinion and he has done just that.  Weather it works or not well see but Forte will be a Bear for his next contract. 




Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:15 pm
 

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

Captain Kirk, we're sorry you are broke or your wife left you for another woman and took your dog and pickup or whatever your problems are, but if you don't know what you are talking about, don't post.  He is at the END OF THAT DEAL.


He was offered a deal and turned it down and it was a good deal. He is having a career season and his value is rising so be a fan and let it play out. 
Don't you get it? Who are you as an uniformed fan to judge whether the Bears are negotiating in good faith or not? What inside information do you have that Forte is not being mislead by his agent. I know its easy to hate Angelo and side with Forte since he is having a good year

I am not broke since I know a bit about business and my beautiful wife loves me. Your personal attack to a post you don't agree with shows your ignorance.    &
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:10 pm
 

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

People seem to forget a few things. First off, slapping him with the franchise taq doesn't exactly put him on food stamps. Second, the Bears did offer him a contract which was in the neighborhood of 15 Million guaranteed and he turned it down. Third, and most importantly, (I know you won't answer me honestly but answer this to yourselves) IF he was given what he wants and then pulls a Chris Johnson next year, how many of you will come back here blaming Angelo for offering a stupid contract? Hindsight is always 20/20 in Chicago (see Soriano, Peavy and Dunn).



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:58 pm
 

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

i hear the cleveland browns are gonna go after him after this season is over.  probably by trade in the draft or something i would guess.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:55 pm
 

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

With as much as Forte brings to the table, he apparently lacks that much in common sense.  His 'they're grinding me to a pulp' statement suggests that he might even question his own durability, that physically he can only take so much of whatever it is that they're doing to him.  Are we to believe that if they pay him, they will then decide to play him fewer snaps?  Ease up on using him?  Sure, the guy deserves more than he's getting based on his production versus that of other running backs in the league.  But these guys "collectively" agreed to this salary structure, ie., with the franchise and transition tags.  And the Bears would be wise to look at chronic complainer Chris Johnson, and see what the Titans are getting now for their huge investment.  There's something to be said for the fact that guys play harder in a contract year, and sometimes they take their foot off the gas once the contract is signed, particularly when it involves lots of guaranteed money.  The Bears should keep grinding him to a pulp, and if he shows signs of not being able to take it, that proves them wise in waiting on whether to invest in him.



Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:54 pm
 

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

Da Bears... kind of sad to see the front office treat the only offensive threat on that 3rd place team in this fashion.  ooooops fumble sorry coach but i'm just given y'all what your paying me.   not much  see there is always a solution to the problem. Packers Lions and what no Bears.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:15 pm
 

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

Angelo needs to go this is the biggest joke EVER!!! I get the Briggs deal he cried then got his deal but PAY FORTE the guy shows up and is playing out his contract! Plus the Bears have the money he isn't even asking for Chris "THE JOKE" Johnson!



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:09 pm
 

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

How did it go from 40%

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.

to 90 %

He is 90% of your offense?  0-9 is where you would be w/out him.
I'm sure it's somewhere in the previous pages. But I'm going to guess he isn't 90% of the offense, I'm guessing he more towards the 40%.

Either way he is a Valueable commodity to the Bears. He did sign a contract, but contracts can be reworked, but that is up to management.

I know Forte fans will say "Pay him, we need him." Others will say he signed a contract now he has to own up to it. It's a hard delimma whether to rework and increase his pay or leave it as is. There are many who will say look at what he is doing for us, others will say look at what others have done for their team after a reworked contract (noteibly C Johnson- who been used here).

What I think should happen is Forte and management sit down for a general talk to discuss a possible reworked contract starting either during this year or the beginning of next year.

What will happen? Forte doesn't sound to happy. Which means unless they work out an agreement he might sit out the entire year.

Who's call is it? Forte and management.

What will happen? All we can do is wait and let it all unfold.


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