Who needs who more, Matt Forte or the Bears?


We are getting closer to the July 16th deadline for Matt Forte and the Bears to reach a long term agreement. Which got me thinking who needs who more? Does Forte mean more to the Bears or is it the other way around?

Now there is little debate that Forte is a good back. What he brings to the table few others do. In his four years he has finished in the top ten total yards from scrimmage three times. He has 6,218 total yards good for 103.7 yards per game with 29 TD’s to boot. Three times he has rushed for over a thousand yards. Arguably he is the best receiving back in the league.

Now with all that being said, if you look at the last five Super Bowl winning running backs only one has rushed for a thousand yards or more. That was the Giants Brandon Jacobs back in 2007 when he ran for 1,009 yards and had 174 yards receiving. the Steelers Willie Parker – 791 and 13, the Saints Pierre Thomas – 793 and 302, the Packers Brandon Jackson – 703 and 342 and the Giants Ahmed Bradshaw – 659 and 267. Not eye popping numbers.

Now I know what you are thinking all these teams had two back rotations. All NFL teams do now. Even if Forte does sign, the Bears will as well this year.

The NFL has become a passing league. With the additions of Brandon Marshall and Aslhon Jeffrey Forte’s value in the passing game is not as great as it once was. Don’t get me wrong, the thought of what Forte can do when he is not the main focus of the defense makes me giddy. The question becomes can the Bears be successful without him? If history shows us anything I think they can be.

Forte needs the Bears more then the Bears need Forte, and the Bears know it. Thats just my 2 cents.

Let me know what you think and as always…
BEAR DOWN

Tags: Ahmed Bradshaw Alshon Jeffrey Brandon Jackson Brandon Jacobs Brandon Marshall Matt Forte Pierre Thomas Willie Parker

  • prenee925

    @bearsbuzztap The Bears need Matt Forte!!!!

  • Levi20

    I would guess that about half the teams in the NFL would seriously consider signing Matt Forte to a long term contract if he were to become a free agent. That being said, Forte doesnt NEED the Bears at all. On the other hand, its hard to imagine the Bears making a strong run deep into the playoffs without him on their roster, at least for me. I’m a pretty big fan of Kahlil Bell, and i believe he and Michael Bush would make a pretty good running back duo, but it just seems a lot more realistic for the bears to make a super bowl run with Matt Forte on the roster. The Bears need Matt Forte!!!

  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    @Levi20 I should be clear. I don’t think the Bears don’t need Forte I just think he needs them more right now. He is locked to them like it or not for the next two years at that point his age becomes a big concern to any team. I do think they can make a playoff run with out him though

  • TomSchwarz

    I don’t think either one needs the other.  Matt is good enough to sign elsewhere for the money he wants and the Bears have enough personnel to make up for his loss. 

  • Levi20

    Can the bears make it to the playoffs without Forte? Yes. Can they win a super bowl without him? Not impossible, but certainly more improbable.

  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    @TomSchwarz I agree that their are other teams that would be willing to sign him. But that is not an option. That’s why I feel he needs them more at this point.

  • WayThompson

    Pay for the loyalty, show the team that you lay down the money for that intangible thing called respect.  Pay the man, it’s only money, ……  and cap space, but mostly just money.

  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    @I don’t think the Bears don’t want to pay him. I think it
    comes down to perceived
    value. Neither side wants to budge. If the Bears franchise him again next year we are talking about close to 18 million on guaranteed money. So you have to ask what is Forte asking for? If its more then the 18 or so million he will get with the franchise tag, I think he may be over valuing himself.