CHICAGO IL - DECEMBER 26: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs for 32 yards and a first down as Drew Coleman #30 of the New York Jets pursues at Soldier Field on December 26 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Renegotiating Matt Forte's contract. Really? Let me clear the air before some knucklehead tells me what a dope I am in the comment thread... This Forte contract thingy isn't my idea, this is according to the Sporting News. While I clearly realize how important his skills are to the Bears, I don't think he's the "biggest on-field issue" for Chicago. He's under contract, there's no threat of a hold out, so they have all season to re-do his deal. Matt Forte will get his, and he'll remain a Bear. After the jump I'll blockquote what SN said...
Chicago Bears: Making Matt Forte happy. He's too important to the offense to not show him the money he deserves in a multiyear extension.
For the record I disagree with SN. Not on the fact that he should get an extension, but on the fact that it's priority #1. Here are a few things I deem more important than their Forte idea. (In no particular order):
- Re-sign Olin Kreutz, Anthony Adams, & Nick Roach and/or Pisa Tinoisamoa.
- Address the resigning of Caleb Hanie (he'll be back), Brian Iwuh (I hope he's back), and Corey Graham (I doubt he'll be back).
- Find some warm camp bodies to play with.
- Sign a free agent offensive lineman or two. (Preferably a starting quality guard)
- Sign a wide receiver. (Bears fans this might be Rashied Davis)
- Bolster the defensive line through free agency.
As a matter of fact, I'll bet with the truncated off season that not one team will prioritize renegotiating with a player currently under contract, unless that player is planning on holding out, and the teams believes that player is critical to their success, a la Chris Johnson.
Sporting News? Not really. Here, let me fix that for you.
Sporting Un-Researched Information.