The Matt Forte versus Chicago Bears contract dispute rumbles on, this time Forte saying he may miss training camp, but does not foresee missing any regular season games.
Sources close to the situation suggest that Matt Forte is seeking LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles, or Arian Foster of the Houston Texans type of money, not Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings type of money that has been previously suggested. It is clear Forte has one shot at getting the contract he needs, seeking a 3rd NFL contract for running backs over the age of 30, as forte would be at the end of whatever multi-year contract he signs, rarely reach the sort of numbers he is currently seeking in a modern eat-um up and spit-um out NFL.
This would seem to be the sticking point. Rumours have been rife all offseason that the Chicago Bears value Matt Forte at around $14-15 million in guaranteed money, Matt Forte as stated is seeking more towards $18-20 million in guaranteed money, and has already publically slated the Chicago Bears move to “pay” Michael Bush, acquired from the Oakland Raiders via free agency first, before completing the contract discussion he was having with front office.
With no rumours of the Bears shopping Forte on the trade market, and sources close to the situation saying that contract negotiations are “progressing”, but by no means close to a resolution, it could very well be week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, that Bears fans actually see the star running back on the field in Bears colours.