One of the on-going saga’s in the NFL this offseason has been the feud between the Chicago Bears and disgruntled runningback Matt Forte. Forte has been trying to get a long-term extension for some time now, but has failed for the previous 12 months. He went through the same thing last summer and played the 2011 season under the franchise tag.
Though Forte says he remains optimistic about the entire situation being resolved by Monday’s deadline to extend franchised players, he recently had a chilling interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter. An awkward moment arose when Schefter asked what would happen if a deal got done.
“I think we all know what happens.” To which Schefter responded “No, I don’t know, what would happen?” Forte remained silent and Schefter moved on.
Schefter also asked when Forte thought the deal would get done.
“Hopefully, it will end up well. And when? Hopefully by the 16th. That’s the final date, so I’m looking forward to trying to get it done by then.”
Sources told NFL.com that the two sides are “extremely close” to a new deal, and the two should be able to reach a middle ground by tomorrow.
There is little doubt Forte deserves to get paid, especially with the deals runningbacks have been getting across the NFL over the past year. Let’s run down the list.
- Adrian Peterson – 7 years, $100 million $36 million guaranteed
- Chris Johnson – 4 years, $53.5 million, $30 million guaranteed
- LeSean McCoy – 5 years, $45 million, $20.765 million guaranteed
- Arian Foster – 5 years, $43.5 million, $20.75 million guaranteed
Forte should be closer to McCoy and Foster’s deals, but regardless he deserves to get paid. Since joining the league in 2008, he has the sixth most yards from scrimmage. That includes missing four games in 2011.
Should the Bears fail to come to an agreement, don’t be surprised to see a trade request soon follow.
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