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Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:44 am
Posted by Will Brinson

As everyone knows, Bears running back Matt Forte would like to get paid. And Chicago does not want to pay him. But according to a report Tuesday, there are other teams that would love to give the running back top dollar.

Two teams, in fact, according to the Chicago Tribune, have had "internal discussions" about trading for Forte. And Forte appreciates that.

"I'm glad teams are interested," Forte said. "For me to be out here working as hard as I do and not have a contract extension, you kind of get that feeling of being unappreciated. I just hope that when this year is over and I play as well as I've been playing, that if the Bears don't reward me with a contract, another team will.''

A couple of things here. One, "internal discussions" by other teams mean absolutely nothing. Hell, 20 minutes ago, my wife and I had internal discussions about trading our place for a $6 million house in the near future. (In other words, just because two other teams like Forte doesn't mean the Bears will ship him away -- he literally accounts for more than 50 percent of their offense.)

Two, the Bears still have the franchise tag available, so Forte shouldn't bank on getting paid just quite yet.

"It kind of doesn't make sense," Forte said of the franchise tag, per the Trib. "If they don't want to pay me that type of money, why would they use the franchise tag, which is basically paying me that ($8 million) in one year?"

Well, they would do that to avoid giving a running back a long-term deal and then seeing him struggle while making a pile of cash, which is precisely what happened to Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams so far in 2011.

And three, how many times is this guy gonna mention that he wants to get paid? He's got most of the media saying it -- me included -- for him and fans hanging signs at Bears home games. Everyone knows he wants more money -- repeating his desire once a week seems a bit redundant and not particularly team-oriented.

Speaking of Williams, Forte's believed to want less than the Panthers "franchise" back, and would take about $8 million a year. Given his production, that's a reasonable price for the running back, and if someone -- the Broncos are trading fools lately -- would give up a first- or second-rounder for Forte, a trade could always happen.

Just don't expect it to go down today.

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Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:02 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

How can the words "trade" and "Forte" even be in the same sentence?  He is the go to guy on offense PERIOD.   But I'm sure Chicago will pay him.  They have to.  But seriously, Angelo has got to go.  Like NOW.  He's ruining the Bears.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:20 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

Pay the man you cheap front office bastards! He deserves the money. Plus, he's been great for my fantasy team. lol

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:20 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

It's time to fire Jerry Angelo.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:08 am

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

I like Forte's wokr on SNL. He is a master at playing the lunatic straight man. Every time I see him in character I either graon or laugh. He is good. OH wait...that's Will. This guy is Matt. Who is Matt Forte? I have never heard of him he as overrated and disgruntled as Peyton Hollis?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:36 am

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

If the Bears are not willing to pay one of the NFL's best RB's accordingly, they don't deserve him in the first place.There are probably 10 or more team's who would have no problem oening up the vault for this guy.I guess winning in Chicago isn't as important as it once was.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:14 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

Da Bears would be absolute FOOLS.... to not pay this guy!!!    Take away Forte.. and what do you got...  A OLD RUN DOWN D..   and a Devin Hester, and a Cutler..   Like the previous said...  He is your OFFENSE!!  all of it.. besides DHester using his special teams offenseive plays to score!!  FORTE deserves PAY!!!!    right now!  He's the HEART!  of this Bears Team!!

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:49 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

How can you deny a guy that IS your offense?? If this isnt a slap in the face what is...imagine if he put the same effort into the game that the Bears are putting into his contract.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:59 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

if we are going to run a "greatest show on turf" offense, shouldn't we at least have a poor mans Marshall Fauk?  Pay the guy.  
Exactly. What's more, Forte isn't even playing like the poor man's version; he's playing like the real thing.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:43 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

bowyerpa--The point you make is valid, and totally confirms why the Bears are silly not to pay Forte sooner than later.  He plays for arguably the worst line in football--and still produces week after week, year after year.  I understand why the Bears would want to franchise him--it is less risk for them.  But Forte is young, he plays hard, he doesn't seem to have the attitude problems that so many other backs have, and every week that he plays well just adds more to his future value.  I rarely am in favor of extending players contracts in the middle of the season, but I think Forte has actually earned it, and the Bears would save themselves money in the long run (barring an injury, of course) by signing him now. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:53 pm

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

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