The Chicago Bears have made a lot of noise this off-season behind new GM Phil Emery. But one move they have yet to do is sign their star running back Matt Forte. Forte was huge for the Bears last season before a knee injury ended his season. Last year was a contract year for the Bears half-back, and all signs pointed to him landed that big paycheck. He deserves to be paid, but with the front office making other moves right now and also the addition of Michael Bush, giving Forte the large contract extension he is seeking doesn't seem to be a high priority.
Bear's captain Brian Urlacher doesn't believe that a big contract is in the works for his teammate Forte:
"Everyone wants Matt to get his deal and get what he wants," Urlacher told WMVP-AM on Thursday. "Is it realistic? Probably not, because nobody gets what they want these days. Or what we think we're worth. We want him to get a deal. I think either way he'll be here when he needs to be here, for training camp and the games that really count. As long as we can get him back and get him healthy, that's all that really matters."
Urlacher was not the only Chicago player, Jay Cutler as well, to come out and support Matt and him trying to get his new contract. Forte appreciates the support saying, "They know I'm a good player and obviously a good teammate," said Forte, who was joined by his agent Adisa Bakari at a lounge opening in Westmont on Thursday. "When you get the support of your teammates, that's always good." As for the Bears season opener, Forte won't specify if he will be with Chicago at that time. "I don't know," Forte said. "It's a long way from the first game. We'll see where it takes us."
The Chicago Bears need to lock him up, Michael Bush, while being a very solid back-up is not the answer as a starting running back. His physical style of running will take a toll on him over the course of the season. While it does not seem too much of a priority now for Chicago, it will need to become one as the season gets closer.