The Chicago Bears haven’t been able to reach an agreement with their star running back Matt Forte but they have been able to sign Michael Bush. The Bears just signed Bush to a four year contract worth $14 million.
After hearing about Bush’s contract, Forte wrote on Twitter:
“There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last….”
The Bears have given Forte the franchise tag (Forte hasn’t signed it) but they haven’t reached a long term deal yet. General manager Phil Emery said that Forte the Bears were still working on Forte’s contract. Emery said:
“Obviously, we want Matt to be a Bear for the long term. We’re working toward that resolution.”
Forte’s agent Adisa Bakari told ESPN that the Bears’ running back felt insulted by the Bush signing, saying that the Bears should take care of their franchise running back before they start looking for backups. Bakari said:
“Since drafting Matt in 2008, the Bears have signed Kevin Jones, Chester Taylor and Marion Barber, all ostensibly to serve as Matt’s backup. To sign yet another running back, prior to completing a contract with Matt suggests disregard for Matt and his contributions to the Bears.”
ESPN reports that the Bears have been negotiating with Forte during the off-season and that Forte has turned down a contract or two. It isn’t clear how much Forte expects his next contract to be worth.