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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: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 8:36 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Running backs have very short careers. It makes sense for him to ask for the money now. It's a smart move on his part. Get the money while you can.

Anyone who bashes him for doing it would do the same thing if they were in his situation.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 5:59 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Really Matt? Hope you blow out a knee.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 5:54 pm

Forte would really like more money from the Bears

Did Forte ask for less money after his crappy season?

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 5:49 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.

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