Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/13/12

This is it, this weekend is the final three days left that the Bears have to sign Matt Forte to a long-term extension, otherwise they have to wait and hope he reports to camp and starts the season and that they can work something out way down the road. Chris Mortensen tweeted yesterday to a fan's question, saying he thinks the Bears come together for a deal. Now he has way more insider knowledge than any of us so I hope he is right, but I doubt it.

 

To me, the whole thing is over. Both sides seem ridiculously entrenched in their positions and Forte seems so darn bitter about it. He has pretty much whined so often as to fall out of favor with many Bears fans. A year ago the majority of Bears fans were in the "Pay Da Man" camp, now I think most are to the "Shut Up and Play" area.

With so little time left I think it seems far-fetched to believe a deal is going to get done. Forte has gone on and on about wanting respect and to get his money and blah blah blah.

The fact is, a deal could get done. All it takes is for one or both sides to sit down and find a common ground, the Bears up the ante a couple million, Forte and his agent come down a couple million and badda-bing, badda-boom it's all over.

I still think the deal that would be perfect for Forte is the Marshawn Lynch deal. $31 million, $18 million guaranteed, or at least, in that ballpark. However, Forte thinks he's better than Lynch which is what's problematic.

I think Forte will show up and play for the Bears. I don't think he'll report to camp on time, but I think he will report when he feels he's "made his point" or whatever.

In the last month or so, Forte has said that the sides were at least talking and that there was something going on, but even then he didn't seem optimistic. Forte has seemed to go back and forth on the talks with the Bears about as much as Dwight Howard has on whether he wants to stay or go from Orlando.

All that negativity aside though, in the final three days here, things could get done. The NFL sometimes likes to work into the 25th hour. Last minute deals that save the day happen all the time.

So I could very well post this and in two hours the team announces a new deal. I doubt it, but it could happen.

What do you think? Will there be a new deal this weekend between the Bears and Forte?

Check out other great articles at 49erslines.com.

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
How to fix the San Francisco 49ers
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ovechkin on being a Russian living in D.C.: ‘I’m neutral’

Recruit has scholarship offer pulled by UConn at last second

Green disagrees with LeBron, says Warriors-Cavs is a rivalry

Report: Nelson has only ‘small chance’ to play vs. Falcons

Roger Goodell in Atlanta again this week, will avoid Foxboro

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerry Jones does not rule out Romo returning to Cowboys

Ravens owner: Too many commercials during NFL broadcasts

Lady Gaga wants to perform on stadium roof at Super Bowl

Carroll admits he 'screwed up' by not reporting Sherman injury

Thomas: Fire Oregon coaches over players' hospitalization

WATCH: Draymond Green mocks LeBron James after flop

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

Box Score 1/17: LeBron goes boom

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The Mulligan: Why Chip Kelly deserves a second chance after the Niners

College coaches on the NFL's radar as the coaching carousel starts spinning

Five NBA teams that should not be counted out yet

Six hottest up-and-coming NFL teams for 2017

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

TailGreater: Picking the NFL divisional round games by hometown brews

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

QUIZ: Name the quarterbacks drafted in the 2003 NFL draft ahead of Tony Romo

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

QUIZ: Name every Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Pro-Bowler in the Super Bowl Era

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

The sports classic horror villains would play

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill and others as playoffs progress

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker