Found May 26, 2012 on
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 been a concern for some time, with the Bears among several teams that paid particular attention to the issue prior to his selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.
His previous injuries include a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2006, a sprained MCL in the same knee in 2009 and a sprained MCL in his right knee in 2011 that forced him to miss the last four games of last season.
Forte, who had 997 yards in 12 games last season, is yet to sign a one-year franchise tender guaranteeing him $7.7 million.
He skipped the first week of organized team activities because of the contract dispute.
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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....
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 [...]
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.
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...
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...
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