Bears Franchising Matt Forte?

If you were hoping that the Bears and Matt Forte find some common ground over the bye week and get a contract extension worked out, guess again.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that barring a major breakthrough between now and February, the Bears will use the Franchise tag on Matt Forte.  Forte isn’t too excited about the prospect.

“That’s not something I’m looking forward to,” Forte said Friday on “Rome is Burning” on ESPN. “I don’t want a one-year deal. I want a long-term extension. I think if they use the franchise tag that’s kind of a cheap way to go out. That’s not what I’m looking forward to. I want a long-term extension. I’ve been drafted by Chicago. I want to stay there so it’s not something I’m looking forward to.”

Does he deserve a long-term deal?  Hell yes.  Is he worth Chris Johnson-type money, which he is reportedly seeking? Chris Johnson isn’t worth Chris Johnson money.  How has that worked out for the Titans anyway?

Sadly for Forte, the franchise tag exists and is collectively bargained.  The Bears are well within the rights to use it and they should.  They will control Forte’s rights for 2012 and could use the tag again in 2013.  After that, will Forte still be able to get a big payday from the Bears or anyone else?  Seems unlikely.

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  • venomlash

    I still say they ought to pay the man. He’s earned it. When you’ve got a running back like Forte (arguably the best all-around back the Bears have had since Sweetness) and the kind of room under the cap that the Bears do…

  • venomlash

    I still say they ought to pay the man. He’s earned it. When you’ve got a running back like Forte (arguably the best all-around back the Bears have had since Sweetness) and the kind of room under the cap that the Bears do…

  • TomSchwarz

    Can you link to any site saying he’s looking for CJ type money?

    I’ve read that he was looking for Deangelo Williams type money. NOT AP or CJ money.

  • TomSchwarz

    Can you link to any site saying he’s looking for CJ type money?

    I’ve read that he was looking for Deangelo Williams type money. NOT AP or CJ money.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I don’t seeing this ending any way other than the franchise tag, unless that still too high a price for the Bears and they sever ties all together. Don’t the Bears still have a ton of dough they need to spend before the end of the season or am I not understanding the new cap rules correctly?

  • Mr.Pickles

    I don’t seeing this ending any way other than the franchise tag, unless that still too high a price for the Bears and they sever ties all together. Don’t the Bears still have a ton of dough they need to spend before the end of the season or am I not understanding the new cap rules correctly?

  • http://www.rsacourseonline.com.au/rsa-certificate RSA Course

    I don’t considering this finale any way further than the franchise tag, except that still too high a price for the Bears and they split ties all together.

  • http://www.rsacourseonline.com.au/rsa-certificate RSA Course

    I don’t considering this finale any way further than the franchise tag, except that still too high a price for the Bears and they split ties all together.