Matt Forte may go M.I.A. if he's Franchised by the Bears

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 03: Running back Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears takes in a game against between the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on January 3, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 76-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Earlier today while a guest on the Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show on Chicago's ESPN 1000, Bears Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte had some interesting things to say about his contract status this off season. He believes he'll get the franchise tag and he said that may prevent him from being around before training camp starts.

ESPNChicago.com reports that Chicago's final offer to Forte was for about $13-$14 million in guaranteed money and that's a "good ways" off of what Forte is looking for.

Who ever the G.M. ends up being, I think priority #1 that he'll inherit is the Forte contract situation. The good news for the Bears is they could use the tag on him for the next 2 years, but is that good business? Hopefully they just franchise him to buy some time to get a deal in place, and hopefully they can find a figure somewhere in the middle to get an agreement done.

What do you think Bears fans, should the Bears cave in and throw elite money at him?

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