Star running back Matt Forte does not sound optimistic about a return to the Chicago Bears
Matt Forte Chicago Bearí running back, whose public longing for a new deal was one of the defiance facing managing director Jerry Angelo all season, he is now hopeful that he will get a long-term offer done, though he didn’t say it was because Angelo was fired.
On Tuesday night, Forte was at the United Center watching another junior Chicago star who just confirmed a five-year, $94.8 million extension, lead the Chicago Bulls to an exciting come-from-behind victory. Hours before Derrick Rose’s MVP-caliber performance, Forte’s team made the front page by firing Angelo and parting techniques with offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterbacks coach Shane Day. Baseball Betting
“I’m pretty assertive even if nothing did happen,” Forte said. “It’s a long offseason, and I was upbeat that we would get a long term offer completed in the offseason. I suspect with the offseason being here we are able to get anything done.”
Forte sounded less optimistic on Monday, pronouncing he had “no concept” about the prospects of signing a new agreement.
“Nobody is speaking at this time, so we’ll see,” he announced Monday.
A source reported the Bears ‘ last offer to Forte contained between $13 and $14 million in guarantees. Angelo asserted it showed the Bears done a real effort to sign Forte. Basketball Betting
“Of course he is going to claim that,” Forte related Monday. “The agreement didn’t get done, fundamentally. He can say all he would like to say about effort and all that stuff … It did not get done. We shall see what occurs. Now, my agent even said the longer we wait the harder it’s going to be to do.”
Will a new General Manager mean a new deal will be in the works?
Bears General Manager Ted Phillips claimed during Tuesday’s press conference pronouncing the moves the organization would like Forte to be in the fold “long term,” although he also said putting the franchise tag on Forte is a choice.
“The Bears as a company have a lot of choices to make right now,” Forte asserted. “I guess we’re getting new players in and coaches and managers.
“I’m anticipating happily being back with the crew and with some luck sign a long-term agreement.”
Forte said that he was stunned the franchise parted ways with Martz, though some of the feedback aimed at Martz targeted on him not running the ball more with Forte.
“I did not see that coming,” Forte announced. “We all liked Coach Martz. He’s a good coach and the offense improved when he came here.
“I just think like they revealed they had philosophical issues. Possibly I suspect some of the guys wanted him to run the ball a little more or whatever, but he’s going his different way and we’re going our way.”
As far as Coach Lovie Smith surviving the front-office reshuffle, Forte reiterate the feelings of Brian Urlacher, who related on Tues. that he did not even thinking the coach being fired.
“Everybody loves Coach Lovie,” Forte announced. “He guards us as players and he truly cares about us, so we adore Coach Lovie.”
Forte, who missed the last 4 games with a knee injury, is willing to be healthy enough to play in his first Pro Bowl on Jan.
twenty-nine. Urlacher realizes the need, but he would like his colleague to be healthy as he negotiates a new deal.
“It’s his first one,” Urlacher said. “You want to play. It’s a big score, you get voted in.
“I’d like to see him not play, because I feel strongly about his career as a colleague, but at the same time, I see where he is coming from.”