October 18th, 2011
by bearsbacker

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier today that at least two teams were interested in trading for Bears running back Matt Forte.

“I’m glad teams are interested,” Forte told the Tribune after Chicago’s win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. “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.”

Forte leads the entire NFL in yards from scrimmage with 908. He leads the Bears in both rushing (527) and receiving yards (381). He also accounts for roughly 46 percent of the team’s total offense.

Forte is in the final year of his rookie contract and is currently making $600,000 this season.

The Bears need to pay him sooner rather than later. He seems to be OK with the idea of moving to another team.

The Bears shouldn’t be OK with that. They need Matt Forte on the field for this offense to succeed.

They offered him around $13 to $14 million in guaranteed money, but he is looking for more than that. The Bears will most likely put the franchise tag ($8 million) on Forte once the season ends.

If they were smart, they would take care of his contract as soon as possible—the 25-year-old has done nothing but produce.

In 54 career games, Forte has rushed 910 times for 3,763 yards and 19 touchdowns. In that span, he has reeled in 207 receptions for 1,876 yards and eight touchdowns.

Forte became the first Bears running back since the great Walter Payton to rush for over 1,000 yards and receive 500 yards in the same season.

GM Jerry Angelo needs to take care of Forte before it’s too late. All the players say “pay the man,” and that’s exactly what they should do.

Forte should be a Bear for a long time, because right now his arrow is pointing up in terms of talent and production. Who knows how much better he will be in a couple more years?

Will they trade Forte?

Don’t expect the Bears to trade Matt Forte anytime soon; instead, expect them to wrap him up for many years with a nice, lucrative contract.

Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. He is also the Chicago Bears writer for NFLTouchdown.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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