The long contract battle between Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears finally came to an end on Monday as the two parties agreed to a contract extension. Forte had used up all of his leverage and was left no choice but to agree to stay with the team for a long time.
Matt Forte has constantly grumbled that he was underpaid. I’m not going to lie, but he was right. However, he mistimed his threat for a holdout. If he would have held out last year, he would have had a lot more leverage. Right now, everything was favoring the Bears. They have a very capable backup in Michael Bush and they could have easily let Forte cost himself pay.
Forte is one of the best backs in the game when he is on the field. He can do everything that a back needs to do. He can catch out of the backfield and you can give him the rock 20 to 25 times a game. That is the kind of guy you need on your team. The Bears could be a major threat in the playoffs this year if they have everything firing on all cylinders.
This deal works out for both parties. Forte gets paid and the Bears keep one of their offensive threats in the fold. I bet you that Jay Cutler is extremely happy. Another weapon for him means he won’t have to run for his life nearly every snap this year. If that holds true, the Bears are a good sleeper bet to make the Super Bowl.