Found May 27, 2012 on
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The Chicago Bears are reportedly concerned with the condition of running back Matt Forte's knees, according to The Chicago Tribune.
This sheds light on why the Bears are reluctant to ink the ultra-talented young running back to a long-term contract.
Forte sprained his right MCL late last season and the club is concerned regarding the stability of his knees for the future. Forte will likely have to settle for his 2012 franchise tender of around $7.7M rather than getting the lucrative extension that he covets, and Michael Bush would lead the Bears into battle if Forte ultimately decides to be a holdout.
Either way, Bush is an essential handcuff for fantasy football, as was the case while backing up injury prone stud Darren McFadden in Oakland.
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It is extremely doubtful that this thing with Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears will end well.
To read this story and watch Matt Forte's video response to the Bears, please click the link below.
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was slapped with the franchise tag at the start of the free agency period, a move which frustrated the productive back which has been seeking a long-term deal from the Bears organization for two seasons now. There have been strained discussions this offseason and recent remarks suggest that Forte might be on the outside looking in for the 2012 season....
One key reason the Chicago Bears are yet to offer a long-term deal to running back Matt Forte is that the team is concerned about whether his knees will hold up, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday, citing a source.
The source said the Bears want to protect themselves from arthritis setting in and becoming a chronic problem for the 26-year-old.
Forte's knees have reportedly...
Running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears have yet to agree on a contract extension. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears are reluctant to give Forte an extension because there are concerns about the durability of his knees. Forte tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2006, and sprained the [...]
Chicago Bears fans have been concerned about Running Back Matt Forte’s contract since the middle of last season. With his injury last year, and now the addition of Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall to boost Quarterback Jay Cutler and the passing game, Forte and the Bears have different opinions on the running back’s value.
In Forte’s first four seasons in the NFL, he had 1,237...
Matt Forte was franchised by the Chicago Bears earlier this offseason and he has not been happy about it. Forte is refusing to sign the 7.7 million dollar tender as he’s looking for a deal worth 8.5 million or so per year over 4-5 years with about half guaranteed: a deal essentially on par with what LeSean McCoy, Chris Johnson, and Arian Foster have gotten in the last 2 seasons...
According to ESPN’s John Clayton via Evan Silva, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is looking for $20 million guaranteed.
“Job security and a $20M guarantee, that’s what Forte is looking for. Unfortunately, he may not get it,” said Clayton.
Back in August of last year, it was reported that the Bears had offered Forte $15 million guaranteed.
After Saturday’s report that the Chicago Bears are concerned about the long-term health of running back Matt Forte’s knee’s, he posted a video on his Twitter feed to show everyone that they have nothing to worry about.
100Lbs sled up hill i think my knee will be ok RT @nfl: Bears concerned with Matt Forte’s knees: nfl.com/news/story/090… twitvid.com/OPVBZ
— Matt Forte...
Matt Forte is one of the top running backs in the NFL, and he's been a workhorse for the Bears with over 1,000 touches in his first 4 years in the league. Despite this, the Bears have been reluctant to offer up a big-time contract to Forte. The lack of a respectable offer from the Bears may paint them as the villain in this case, but their concerns aren't unsound.
One of the early positive elements of the Chicago Bears' workouts, perhaps even an epiphany of sorts to some coaches, has been the performance of tailback Michael Bush as a receiver. The four-year veteran, signed from Oakland as an unrestricted free agent and presumptive backup to franchise tailback Matt Forte, has caught the ball well. There were some concerns as the Bears...