Blog Entry

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:40 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 4:42 pm
M. Forte said he'd be OK with a franchise tag if it leads to a long-term deal. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

The Bears, despite their somewhat contentious relationship with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte during the past season, have made clear they don’t plan on letting him test free agency. That’s what team president/CEO Ted Phillips said recently, claiming new general manager Phil Emery would work with Forte on a possible agreement to a long-term deal or would franchise-tag him to keep him in Chicago.

Forte has been on record saying that he didn’t want to be tagged, noting in November that “If they think by just slapping the franchise tag on me that’s going to silence anything, they’re sadly mistaken.”

Forte apparently has changed his mind.

That’s the impression he gave ESPN 1000 in Chicago during a recent interview when he said he’d be fine with a franchise tag if it led him to that elusive long-term deal.

Forte's future
"It depends on the motive of (the franchise tag)," Forte said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show.” "If they are doing the franchise tag just to get more time in order to negotiate a long-term deal, then I would be OK with it. But if it's just to hold me another year and just, 'Let's throw some money at him right now to keep him quiet,' that's not going to solve anything."

OK, so he’s beginning to waver on the tag issue. But Forte -- who sprained his MCL late in the season after complaining earlier in the year that the Bears were grinding him to a pulp without paying him what he’s worth -- isn’t going to forget the idea of signing an extended contract.

"I would expect (a new GM) to affect (the talks) positively," Forte said. "Hopefully, if we don't reach a deal by the time the franchise tag has to be placed, if they do franchise me, it's in order to get a deal done."

And if not, I’m sure we won’t hear the end of Forte’s disillusionment.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:09 am

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

mpulera, if Forte and the rest of the gang all played for the grand sum of $1.00, then that beer would still cost you $12.00. Why? Because you lack the self-control to wait until you're somewhere with reasonable prices. These billionaires see you coming, son. So, why you hating on a player? You want to know the truth about cats and dogs, go read the latest exposure of Mark Cuban's thoughts. Seems everything David Stern told you about the dire reasons for the NBA lockout were bald-faced lies. I very much doubt that the NFL owners are any different.

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:05 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:37 am

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

I see alot of comments here about not throwing the money at this guy and spend it else where.  That would be stupid.  yes it is a passing league.  yes cutler needs help.    But the Bears have already said they will be committed to the run.  That is from the top down.  And it was more than evident that when the Bears ran the ball last year they were more successful. 
Forte is also not just a running back like Johnson or Peterson.  Forte is a valuable receiver.  He is not a 90's or early ought's running back pounding between the tackles. 
Also the fears of Forte getting his money and then coasting like Johnson with the titans is just paranoia.  Look at Forte.  He is an intelligent, grounded and motivated individual.  He was a finance major at Tulane.  He is no dumb jock looking for a big score.  He wants to be great.  But realizes his value.  The kid deserves a raise.
So calm down people.  I agree these athletes are all over paid.  But I don't mind paying players for performance.  And Forte has more than earned a raise! 
The Bears will still have plenty of room to sign their free agents and make a play for a WR in free agency and the draft.
I say sign Colston in free agency.  Big guy with great hands.   And draft the kid out of Baylor.  Johnny Knox with his back injury may never be the same.  They need a guy that can stretch the field.  (and don't say Hester, he couldn't catch a cold).  

the rest of the needs can be built through the draft and free agency without breaking the bank.  Offensive line, corner back and you can't have enough pass rushers.


Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:20 pm

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

They're better off putting that money into a WR or TE Cutler can rely on, as well as some O-line talent. This is a QB driven passing league.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:32 pm

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

Thats very nice to know that he is "OK" with 5 million plus or so for one years work. All these guys are bums, overpaid bums! Maybe he can purchase a new Bentley with his meager wages and get personalized plates that say (SAUCED) so he can drive around drunk like Knowshon Moreno.

All these guys make WAYYYY too much money, no wonder a beer at the game costs $12.00.

Its bad enough that most of these guys get free educations for being such "gifted" talents, Forte isnt even all that special, he has good hands, other than that he kinda defines mediocre!      

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:31 pm

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

i say tag him,look what happened with the last 2  guys who got huge contracts.johnson started diving when he saw lineman coming his way and peterson blew his knee out.forte was a 2nd round pick,they can find a good back in that round this year.i say use that money on a couple o-lineman or a top w.r. let's go after wayne or maningham,someone who can make a play,please just get rid of roy williams. 

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:59 pm

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

Can't believe he doesnt have a deal yet. Good riddance to Jerry Angelo, maybe the bears can be a contender again. Good riddance to Mike Martz as well, most over-rated offensive coordinator in the world. Two good off season moves by the bears firing them... Now lets just get Forte the deal he deserves.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:17 pm

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere

Pay the man!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or