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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
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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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Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:08 pm
 

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

Gore got Paid and he is killing it this year.

To those saying paying a guy makes him a nonperformer



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:06 pm
 

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

It's ashame the dream team has Barry Sanders jr or I would take him asap



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:04 pm
 

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

I love how Jerry Angelo is the Bears' GM.  What a complete moron, lol.



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:19 pm
 

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

This is what a poorly run franchise does to it's players. PAY THE MAN. Chicago is less than zero without him.



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:18 pm
 

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

This is what a poorly run franchise does to it's players. PAY THE MAN. Chicago is less than zero without him.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:18 pm
 

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

He is 90% of your offense?  0-9 is where you would be w/out him.  I hopes he quits and then holds out until they ship him off.  Then nothing would hide what a joke their team is.  Without him, they are an embarrassing football team.  A very overrated, past their prime defense (with the exception of peppers).  From a business standpoint, it's just dumb.  My bet is Angelo lost all his money to bernie madoff.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:14 pm
 

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

wHEN HE IS 90% OF YOUR OFFENSE,  WHERE WOULD YOU BE W/OUT HIM??? 0-8.  TO ME, WHERE IS THE LOGIC THERE?  tO COMPARE HIM TO CHRIS JOHNSON IS JUST STUPID.  TENN HAS CHANGED THEIR WHOLE OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY.  IF THE BEARS WERE DOING THAT AND PRIMARILY GOING TO A PASS FIRST CONCEPT, THEN YOU LET HIM BITCH AND MOAN.  HE IS YOUR WHOLE OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!  PAY HIM.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:10 pm
 

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

Pay him in bud!!!!



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:07 pm
 

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

This is a business and just like any other business you have to take risks, The NFL teams will cut you in a minute as soon as your not what you used to be, look at LT with the JETS. Forte needs to get paid because he is not getting paid for what he is worth, he is getting paid as a bench warmer and if he was a bench warmer he would be out of a job/Chicago, just look at Chester Taylor. Unlike many other high paid players, Forte is playing out his contract and is not pulling a CJOK on the bears.. So they need to pay him!!!



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:01 pm
 

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

Running backs just do not have that much value.  Forte is under contract and getting paid good this season.  If they tag him he gets a GREAT contract.    Teams are just not going to pony up the big bonus money at that position anymore..it makes no sense to.

One tag contract is going to be around 8-10 million dollars.... and Forte is set for life.

 



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