Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/19/14

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Green Bay Packers on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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. A source with knowledge of the situation told the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh that the Bears are concerned how long Forte's knees can hold up. The concern stems from Forte's heavy college and pro workload. He's touched the ball over 2,200 times over the course of his college and pro career, and as we know, running backs don't have a long shelf life. This is turning into a simple case of caution vs. confidence. The Bears are protecting their own interests by not putting to many eggs in the Matt Forte basket, and Matt Forte is, of course, confident that he's nowhere near the end of his best years as a player. It's a simple...
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