I mentioned probably 20 times last season that Jerry Angelo should have given Matt Forte a blank check and let him fill in the numbers for a new contract. Now, Forte could be on the verge of leaving after this upcoming season.
As each day goes by, the price goes up even more. Phil Emery inherited a mess and even he, may not be able to get out of this. With running backs getting ridiculous money such as LeSean McCoy of the Eagles or Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks, Forte should have been paid before any of them. I will say that other teams are dumb and give outrageous money to players of a lesser talent. Unfortunately, owners and general managers are stupid and that’s what drives demands through the roof. However, Forte was quiet about this last offseason and he tried to handle it with peace. He showed up to camp on time, played and didn’t bitch about it. I can understand why he is now frustrated.
The Chicago Bears and Jerry Angelo in particular, low-balled Matt Forte last year. He could have been signed to the money he wanted at the time last year for a much cheaper price than what he will get either by the Bears or another team now. I highly doubt the Bears would give the franchise tag to the same player in consecutive years. I don’t know if any teams has done it to the same player twice. If Forte leaves, I am not going to blame him and neither should anyone else. He’s one of the few players in the league that after that happened, still showed up to practice and play. As mentioned above, Emery is in a mess and he shouldn’t be blamed if Forte doesn’t get his new contract from the Bears. Jerry Angelo should.