All signs point up in the talks between the Chicago Bears and Matt Forte but the time could still come that no deal will result in a late hour trade. Who would take the deal and what would the price be?
Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall want Forte back for training camp
For weeks Chicago has hoped to put its new Big Three together. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall want to join Matt Forte on the field to start building their new offense. No team in the league, NFC or AFC, has a trio of talent at all three key offensive spots like the Bears do but because of the ongoing contract talks Forte has continued his holdout. Recent interviews show there was finally some progress though. The running back told reporters talks haven't stopped and he's optimistic a deal can happen before the July 16th deadline when he will become required to sign the one-year franchise tag. If nothing happens then Forte said he might do any number of things from holding out into the regular season to the more likely choice of skipping training camp. Neither would ease the nerves of Chicago Bears fans who want to see their new cast of Pro Bowl talents on the field together. Should Forte hold out he might force the Bears to start thinking about trades down the line. While it's far from probable some wonder about what Chicago could get for the 26-year old.
Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers could get into race for Forte
While the NFL isn't light on team that could use a Pro Bowl running back, two that could use him the most both sit in the AFC West division. For the Denver Broncos they put their future success on the line when they signed Peyton Manning. While his talent for making players around him better is what makes him great, the truth is Denver has question marks all over their roster on offense. One area that worries fans is running back with the 30-year old Willis McGahee and injury-prone Knowshon Moreno in place. The last time Manning had a Pro Bowl back with him he set records. Giving him a two-way threat like Forte would border on cheating. Denver might also have greater interest because the division rival San Diego Chargers need help too. Outside of Philip Rivers the Bolts have lost most of their weapons to free agency. The running game sits in the hands of the erratic Ryan Matthews who has little more than good fantasy options going for him. A.J. Smith might gladly make a generous offer to Chicago to put another Pro Bowl talent behind Rivers.
The Chicago Bears brought in Brandon Marshall to make Jay Cutler and Matt Forte great. That can't happen until the running back signs a contract. While any idea of a trade is a long way off, teams like the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers have every reason to keep their phones close by.