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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: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:17 am

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

He is playing his contract out.  He showed up to camp and he is playing.  He is 50% of the entire offense.  

I know I don't pay much attention to players comments between games, but the only time I hear the topic coming up is when the media ask him about it. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:13 am

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

Wiseguy1991, How is this Forte's fault at all? All he has said is he wants a new contract. Nothing wrong with that , he is definately underpaid in his marketplace. He has shown up every day and played great so he is obviously not letting it affect his performance.

But, IMO, If this season ends and the Bears do not pony up he should not play the last year of the contract. Doing so would be extremely foolish. He should hold out until he gets a deal or gets a trade to someone who will pay him. All the people in the "he has a contract he should play under it" camp or either delusional or learning disabled. Every conract in the NFL is a one year contract because the teams can cut you at any time forgoing payment on the remainder of your contract that is not guaranteed. As long as management do not have to honor contracts then the workforce should have that same right.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:56 am

Teams have 'internal discussions' on Forte trade?

Why is Forte even talking abopu this during the season?  Forte is under contract to the Bears and is GETTNG PAID!  Do your job and play your contract out. Forte will be an UFA in two years and he can seel himself to the highest bidder.

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