G.K.Trey, on 27 May 2012 - 06:55 AM, said:
and how much did they give Bush? and compare that amount to the amount Forte wants. If Forte want tos sign the same deal , I guarantee the Bears would be ok wit that.
Because Bush means as much to CHI as Forte, right?
Forte played under his rookie contract of $3.5M for 4 years - and the Bears got all that premium production at what has proven to be a greatly reduced price. Hell - CHI paid Marion Barber $2.25M the past season for what he did, and paid Taylor $7M for one freakin' year because they terminated his contract after 1 year before that. Now they've signed Bush to 4 years for $14M. So all of Forte's backups were making substantially more than him the whole time while Forte was racking up touches and yards doing all the heavy lifting for an at-best mediocre O behind a terrible O-line. The guy has shown that he is one of the best RBs in the league and can be the bell cow for the O, and did it under his rookie contract. All he's asking is to be paid in accordance with what he has proven he brings to the table and what his value has been to the team now that his rookie contract is up, and while he is still in the prime of his productivity/earning power. Instead the Bears have chosen to reward all that with a 1 year tag on him.
The 6 year/$32M contract they offered at the start of last year was clearly undercompensation given what he's proven - and only $13M of that was guaranteed and it was backloaded so that Forte's eventual compensation if he were cut after say 3 or 4 years would have been a lot less than what the entire contract averaged out to, since the signing bonus was relatively small. It actually would have worked out to barely more than Bush's contract unless it were allowed to run 5 to 6 years.
Forte did it right. He didn't hold out for more when he was clearly being underpaid. Now he's asking to be compensated for past and future value and the Bears have slapped the guy in the face. I'm no fan of overpaying players - everyone who knows me here knows that. But c'mon, this is embarrassing on the Bears' end - and now this additional slap of suddenly having injury concerns? That's chicken#### on the Bears' part, plain & simple.
Edited by Bronco Billy, 27 May 2012 - 08:54 AM.