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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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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:06 pm
 

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

I love reading the posts on here from some people.  Telling him to play out his contract, even though NFL teams can release any player on their team if they underperform nullifying the contract they have signed.  That is why you see 30 million dollar contracts and 15 million is guaranteed, because if the player isn't living up to the contract -- the team can cut them loose and not pay them the rest of the money on the contract the player AND team agreed to.  if a team can cut a player loose, why shouldn't a player be able to ask for more when they are grossly underpaid.

Being a Lions fan -- I would love to see the Bears deal Forte away for draft picks, as drafting players hasn't worked too well for them lately.  I'd love to see Forte on another team, as the Bears would be brutal without him, and we have to face them twice a year.

I hope they string him along even more and he gets to the point where he holds out.  That would be awesome to watch.  Imagine what the Bears offense would be with Barber in there, instead of Forte.  They already are ranked in the bottom half of the NFL -- they would be bottom of the barrel without him.  

If Forte doesn't mind -- Could he start holding out next week, I think that'd be a great way to show the Bears Organization.  After the Lions game -- he can come back if he'd like.  LOL 



Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:04 pm
 

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

PAY THE MAN ALREADY!!! Forte has shown nothing but class since being drafted by the bears. He signed his rookie deal right away and decided it was in everyone's best interest to not hold out. The dude has worked his ass off since day 1 and the bears wouldn't even have an offense if it wasn't for Forte. Think about what Forte has done behind one of the most atrocious O-lines in football and with an offense coordinator who can't get his head out of his ass and thinks calling trick plays and throwing 80% of the time is a good idea. Forte is a stud RB in this league and at the very least deserves some respect from the organization. But we all know that won't happen because as usual the McCaskeys are cheap cock wads and to them its about money and not about winning. 



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:59 pm
 

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

ANY NON ATHLETIC MORON WHO SAYS SHUT AND PLAY HAS NEVER EVEN DREAMED ABOUT PLAYING A PROFESSIONAL SPORT. IF FORTE WAS SMART HE WOULD WALK OUT RIGHT NOW, IF HE GOT INJURED AND COULDNT PLAY ANOTHER DOWN WOULD THE BEARS SAY HEY MATT YOU WERE HAVING A GREAT SEASON WERE GOING TO GIVE YOU THE 25 MILLION YOU WERE GOING TO GET.

TO ALL THE NON ATHLETES SAYING SHUT UP AND PLAY, PUT DOWN THE XBOX REMOTE AND GO SUIT UP. 



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:40 pm
 

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

All of this coming from a bum Knicks fan. Talk about not cheering for anything...what a tool bag! How's that bum Romo doing by the way LOL!




Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:38 pm
 

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

Hey Bones... it's good to know you're a terrible fantasy manger but that doesn't really apply to this situation.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:38 pm
 

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

This whole situation just shows how stupid Angelo and the Bears are. Even before this season started Forte was the biggest part of the offense so the Bears had a legit reason to overpay him a little. It would have helped keep the locker room content and believing that if they perform well, they will be rewarded too.  What the Bears have done, by taking a hard stance with Forte is create doubt among all the other players that management cares about them and that management will reward them.  The Bears hold all the cards, like most teams do, but sometimes a smart organization does the right and smart thing and rewards a player a little above what they think he is worth.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:33 pm
 

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

65 yards per game. Hell I'm a Lions fan we will take him and his 65 yard per game average in a heartbeat!!



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:32 pm
 

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

I'am usually against re-signing players during the season, but i'am on Forte's side on this one.  The guy is almost half of the bears offense.  If you take away Forte the bears are absolutely nothing!  Pay the man what he is deserved.  This is coming from a Cowboy's fan too.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:32 pm
 

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

Be a man, play out your contract without whining and then negotiate without being a distraction to the team.  I can't wait til they franchise him so I can hear him cry some more!!! On second thought, make him the highest paid RB and have him turn into a flop.  That would be even better for all you stupid Bear fans that haven't had anything to cheer about since 1985.  Maybe you can make another great offseason move like the Cutler trade......LOL!!!!



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:30 pm
 

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

The guy has killed me in fantasy leagues for several years. He's having one big season and wants money? CJ2K Jr. Quit crying and play football.


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