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Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 4:44 pm
M. Forte wants more money from Chicago (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You could be forgiven if you would have thought, before last season, that the idea of Bears RB Matt Forte asking for a contract extension and more money would have seemed slightly out of whack.

Remember, after a standout rookie season in 2008, Forte didn’t have a great 2009, rushing for 929 yards (averaging 3.6 per carry) and scoring just four touchdowns (though he continued to perform well as a pass receiver).

But in 2010, Forte was much more electric, breaking the 1,000 rushing yard barrier, scoring six TDs and averaging a robust 4.5 yards per carry.

Considering he’s due $550,000 in base salary in the final year of his rookie contract, putting him well behind his backup, Chester Taylor (who made $7 million last year), you could certainly make the case Forte is wildly underpaid.

Knowing that, Forte wants to sign a new deal before training camp begins if possible.

"I think we're going about it the right way,'' Forte told the Chicago Tribune. "My agent, Adisa Bakari, talked to (Bears GM) Jerry Angelo and Cliff Stein last season, just letting them know that we've been producing.

"And now that it's close to training camp, we don't have much time to negotiate.''

That’s true, but it’s also true that the Bears have a ton of other players with whom they need to sign deals. Forte might be deserving of a nice payday – since 2008, he ranks fifth in the league in yards from scrimmage – but he might not get one, simply because it’s not yet his turn. 

Not yet anyway.

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Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:09 am

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

When Martz used him right, Matt Forte was the bright spot on the field in many a game last year.  Over his career I'd say we got a lot more out of him than was initially expected.  I've never known him to be a cry baby or idiot on or off the field and represents the team well.  Even here, I don't see him whining in any way.  Writers got to write about something.
Since I'm still holding out hope JA will bring in a Julius Peppers-level FA for the O-line (plus more O-line help) and a meaningful upgrade at wide receiver I'd rather we spend the money there this year.  But I'd certainly reassure him he's going to get taken care of after this year.

"Really Matt? Hope you blow out a knee."
..and you're really a Bears fan?

Go Bears!!!

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:29 am

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Forte is a great hardworking guy.  Game in game out this guy puts in the work and has no character issues.  He will get his due in time, don't see no hold-out for this guy.  Lets go Bears!

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:46 am

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

In the last 3 seasons there are only 4 RBs who have more yards from scrimmage than Forte:

- Adrian Peterson

- Maurice Jones-Drew

- Steven Jackson

- Chris Johnson 

And even in what somone described as Forte's "crappy season" in 2009, he was still 11th in the league in yards from scrimmage. 

Forte has been a starter from day 1 and a very productive NFL RB.  Based on his production and the position he plays they should be looking at getting him signed to an extension.  Unlike a lot of other players who whine about their salary, he's earned it. 

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:06 am

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Nice thought,  Shows your class.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:04 am

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

I disagree with you respectfully. I believe that people should get paid what they're worth. Plain and simple. I feel that people should be pay slotted by how much they start, yards per carry and production. If a player is a rookie leads the league in rushing then what dues does he have to pay and to whom? Should it be some unproductive veteran who has just put in more time. Being paid for production is the nature of capitalism. It is an, sort of, economic survival of the fittest. Players are often slotted for pay in their rookie contracts and noone knows how good they are until  they get into their respective systems. Football careers last on average less than rookie contracts. I believe in some slotting but if a player gets into the top 25% of his position he should be allowed to renegotiate to fair market value at the end of his first season with incentive bonuses and subtractions from that point on. I also believe if they have a career threatening injury the contract is guaranteed to average career length based on career production. If a player is in his 2nd year and the career average for his position is 5 years and he is in the top 25% when he is injured. then his contract is guaranteed for 3 more years at salary commensurate with his current production. If he was slotted high and his production was less then his contract when he was injured he will still be guaranteed for 3 more years but reduced to the level of production so if he is paid top 25% but produces in the bottom 25% then he will be payed like the bottom 25% for the remaining 3 years. The 5 years is an arbatrary number used for examples sake.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:09 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Guess all he`s got to do is, go out prove he can have another good season, then when the contract expires ask for the price he wants... What an idea to finish out the contract HE signed, before whinning about getting more money.

I'm almost never on the player's side when it comes to stuff like this might be the first exception in a very long time.   Yes, he signed a contract 3 years ago and technically he's supposed to honor that deal and I normally smash players that publicly try for early extensions. But this case is a little bit different in my opinion.  He was only a 2nd round pick so he didn't get big money or the huge signing bonus a lot of first round picks got the year he was drafted.  He's only due to make 550 thousand dollars this season and probably zero is actually guaranteed.  And he had a good 3 seasons, 1200 plus yards his first year and last season ran for 4.5 yards per carry, solid to say the least. He's never missed a game, been rock solid for the Bears.  From what I've ever read he's a pretty good guy on and off the field.  I have no problem with the Bears giving him an early extension and I don't believe for a second the Bears are going to fight this at all.  Look for an extension to be announced within 30 days of the new CBA being signed. 

If the Bears want to play hardball they can do that but take the risk Forte has a good year and leaves the Bears after the season.  I'm willing to bet if Forte has a good start to the season and the Bears wait until mid season or later to offer him an extension Forte's price will go up big time....  I doubt the Bears are going to screw around with this guy... he's going to get paid. 

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:16 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Very good call Wiseguy1991.  Matt Forte needs to shut the heck up and try to have another good season before he gets more money.  If I was in charge of the Chicago Bears I would tell Forte to take a hike.  He was a good player last year, but not great.  The Bears need to spend money at several differant positions and runningback is not one of them.  Sign Tiki Barber and let this idiot sit out the season.  Very dissapointed in Mr. Forte! Was a big fan before I read this crap!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:33 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Who the hell is managing the Bear's purse strings when Chester Taylor made 7 million dollars last year?  I'm befuddled.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:03 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Wow....really?  Idiot!

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 8:40 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Not only has the kid been far better than expected over the last few years, it's clear that he was one of the most important reasons the offense clicked last year. Imagine if Martz didn't have a RB like him to fall back on when his 7-step drop crap blew up in his face...

I'm OK with bumping him now. We should have it and still have room to go after top talent for the OLINE and a WR. We are sitting better than most teams going into FA under the cap. He's earned it.

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