It doesn’t appear the Bears are blowing smoke.
Matt Forte’, the dynamic 26 year old running back for the Chicago Bears, continues to be mired in a contract dispute that threatens to get uglier before it gets better. This holdout feels different, both sides are entrenched and the clock is ticking. As of today, the parties have just over five weeks to resolve their multi-million dollar difference of opinion before Forte’ ultimately gets the final say. As of July 16th, if Forte’ remains unsigned, he will be forced to sign his franchise tag offer or watch his teammates play out the season without him. Long term contracts must wait until following the season. We’ve all seen this pattern play out before.
This time it feels different, though.
In 2011, Forte’ was on his way to his most productive year as a professional. Until his week 12 injury against Kansas City, when he suffered a grade two knee sprain that would end his season, Forte’ was on pace for over 1,400 yards rushi...