Nobody likes a sour note getting dropped on their happy times. Quarterback Jay Cutler and his fiancÃ©e, Kristin Cavallari, have a baby and a wedding coming, but could a potential holdout by teammate Matt Forte spoil the euphoria for the young couple?
Lovie Smith and Chicago Bears are confident Forte won't do anything drastic
Holdouts are a regular part of NFL business. Great players think they deserve the most money. It sounds logical, but to the everyday fan that doesn't make millions of dollars, it sound like whining. The Chicago Bears aren't immune to this bug. A few years after linebacker Lance Briggs held out, they face a possible repeat with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte. Coming off the best season of his career, the 26-year-old has asked for a new contract for over a year. Chicago made a number of offers, but the two sides couldn't reach a deal. With free agency looming, the Bears put the franchise tag on Forte, guaranteeing him a base salary of $7.7 million. It's a raise on paper, but not a real investment to Forte. Unless a new deal gets struck, many fans fear the dynamic runner may sit out training camp and even the start of the regular season. Head coach Love Smith doesn't think that will happen, though. He voiced an honest opinion, stating the issue is somewhat overblown and things will resolve before games get missed.
Cutler and Cavallari can take comfort in Michael Bush and Brandon Marshall
While plans for a wedding and birth take up most of their time, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari should not worry too much about bad news on the Bears front. Though Forte is the workhorse of the offense, the recent additions of wide receiver Brandon Marshall and running back Michael Bush could carry the load should he hold out. Cutler is no stranger to carrying an offense. In the minds of many, including Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Marshall will become the x-factor for the Chicago Bears even if Forte isn't there. All Cavallari needs worry about is the health of her future husband behind an inconsistent offensive line. If everything comes together, experts think the Bears could scare some teams when the 2012 NFL season starts.
Kristin Cavallari doesn't have much say in football circles, but she has a husband in Jay Cutler who matters more to a team than ever. With the Matt Forte problem souring, it may rest with him and Brandon Marshall to carry the Chicago Bears offense. If head coach Lovie Smith deserve any credit, then it's not time to panic yet.