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Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:32 pm
 
Garza, who has been underpaid in recent years, finally gets his raise. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

After months of negotiating, posturing, and public PR battles, the Bears have finally paid the man. That's right, offensive lineman Roberto Garza is the proud recipient of a two-year extension worth $6.55 million ($2.6 million guaranteed) that will keep him in Chicago through 2013. (Wait, were you expecting news on another player? Perhaps the one who ran all over the Eagles' defense Monday night? More on that later.) 

The 11-year veteran has made the seamless transition to center, replacing Olin Kreutz who left during free agency for New Orleans. (Incidentally, Kreutz he left the team last month citing a lack of passion for the game.)

“I’m excited to be a part of this organization and continue my career as a Bear,” Garza said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Garza has started 86 of the last 88 regular-season games, and the Tribune calls him "the most underpaid interior offensive lineman to start in the NFL with his level of experience." His last contract came in 2006, when he signed a six-year, $12.8 million extension.

And while that's swell news for Garza -- and by extension, Jay Cutler, who has enjoyed some of the best pass protection he's seen since coming to Chicago prior to the 2009 season -- the Bears' best player continues to look for a new deal. So is Matt Forte next on the front office's to-do list?

“It’s part of the plan for the money,” general manager Jerry Angelo said last month.

A week before the 2011 regular season, the Bears reportedly offered Forte $15 million guaranteed. Five days later, contract talks were put no hold.

On Monday, before the Bears beat the Eagles, Angelo spoke again about Forte.

“Matt was the only player we targeted and we made him, in my opinion, a very lucrative offer and it wasn’t able to get done,” Angelo said on the WBBM pregame show. “Our intent is still to have Matt play the bulk of his years in Chicago and we’ll just have to wait and see.”

If talks continue to go nowhere the organization could always choose to slap Forte with the franchise tag. Angelo didn't deny that as a possibility.

“We always have a plan in place and we will continue to talk,” Angelo said. “These things are not easy to do but we’ve always got something going on. Is there something imminent? No. But we’re always planning and trying to create options.”


Matt Forte bounced back from two costly turnovers and Jay Cutler rallied the resilient Chicago Bears to a 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Lovie Smith was pleased with the play of his team.

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Comments

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

From what I understand, they can tag him, then tag him again.  That will pretty much use up his best years and keep money to add other players, which will make the team better.
Here is the problem with this suggestion -- Chicago is going to have to pay Forte the average of the top 5 salaries at his position.  That means if they tag him for the next 2 years -- they are going to pay him a guaranteed 16 million for two years.

If you go and look at what they offered him -- a 5 year deal with only 13 million guaranteed -- Getting franchise tagged is a good thing for Forte and it will be Chicago who will take a bigger cap hit -- 8 million a year, instead of signing him to multi-year deal where they can give him a big signing bonus and deferring money to make it a minimal hit to the team's salary cap.

If I was Forte -- I would just demand a trade and holdout like Chris Johnson did.  It would force the Bears to pay up or trade him.  Without Forte -- Chicago's offense would be brutal.  It may cost Forte some fines, but it would let the Bears know he is serious and if Chicago doesn't want to pay him -- I guarantee there will be teams lining up to. 



Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:24 am
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Forte is a stud back by all means.. but he needs to swallow his pride and take the same money that J. Charles signed for in K.C. Hard to feel completely sorry for the guy after I found out that he turned down that kinda money.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

they offered the guy 15 mill to do something he loves to do. i lost all respect for this guy, listening to his interviews this guy just wants
money, i like how the bears have delt with him, look what happened to chris johnson...guy has not been seen all year. these guys
are so worried about there next check . they spend the money just as fast as they get it, 400k a year you can put me at any position. RB can be found pretty easy these days in a good offense scheem

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Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

From what I understand, they can tag him, then tag him again.  That will pretty much use up his best years and keep money to add other players, which will make the team better.

don't ever overpay a RB (exhibit A: Chris Johnson)..  they are prone to short careers and the end can come very suddenly.  Better to use money for other spots on teh roster.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Why is the media obsessed with Matt Forte's contract??  The Bears offered him a nice contract, Forte rejected it.  Now the Bears will franchise tag him, like any responsible organization would do.  Why is there a crusade in the media to get this athelete "paid" and paint the Bears in a bad light when they already made him a contract offer?
They are talking about it because Forte is one of the best RBs in the NFL and the Bears are playing with fire by not extending him, when he is the vast majority of their offense.

Forte is one of the top RBs -- The Bears, while they offered him an extension, it was a low ball offer, as most organizations will do to start off a contract negotiation.  Once it was declined -- the offer was off the table.  As I said -- Chicago is playing with fire, as Forte is the focal point of their entire offense.  If he decides to sit out -- they are one of the worst offenses in the NFL.

Very few teams rely on a single player as much as the Bears do on the offensive side of the ball.  Forte accounts for over 40% of the Bears offensive yards.  By not getting the contract done when they had the chance -- they are only costing themself money and they are going to make Forte ticked off at the club.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

I hope when Matt Forte gets his money he deserves...he doesn't Tony Romo it....big money and then bust is what I mean!  This guys seems more like a genuine hard worker though unlike Tony oh-no...oh sure last week was a nice game with no INT's...but it was the Seahawks.  The only team Romo has beat this year that was worth anything so far is the Forty Niners...and that was in OT.  Anyway..best of luck to Forte and da Bears...



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Why is the media obsessed with Matt Forte's contract?? The Bears offered him a nice contract, Forte rejected it.  Now the Bears will franchise tag him, like any responsible organization would do.


Yep. he has proved he will play hard every game, if they give him big money now, and he hurts himself, the Bears would look foolish.
The Bears are working the system, nothing wrong with that. It kinda sucks for Forte, having such a great year, but he should blame the union for having lousy rules.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Props to Forte for not Chris Johnson'ing the whole situation, i hope he does stick around in Chi-town because if he leaves...well the Bears still have a D but be left with....well Garza and Cutler



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Who in the blue hell is Roberto Garza? Nice win over the she-gles by the way. :)



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Roberto Garza gets paid, is Matt Forte next?

Why is the media obsessed with Matt Forte's contract??  The Bears offered him a nice contract, Forte rejected it.  Now the Bears will franchise tag him, like any responsible organization would do.  Why is there a crusade in the media to get this athelete "paid" and paint the Bears in a bad light when they already made him a contract offer?


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