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Matt Forte says he will not walk out on the Bears this season

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Bears running back Matt Forte made an appearance on NBC SportsTalk Friday with Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King and Pro Football Talk founder Mike Florio.

Forte had some very strong comments during his three-minute appearance on the show, which airs on VERSUS.

* On if he regrets turning down an offer that included $13 to $15 million in guarantees before the season: "I have no regrets in turning it down, because I'm not going to let anybody or an organization undervalue me as a player, or try to dictate to me what kind of value I have. And I know that, as a running back, my value is much higher than the deal I was offered, so I had no problem declining it."

* On if he would hold out during this season: "No, there's no chance that would happen. I've been playing well, and I want to continue to do that. I'm just here to help my team win and continue to do well, and I don't think that would help our team, if I were to not play."

* On if him doing so many interviews might be counterproductive: "I've only said my opinion. My play really speaks louder than any words that I say."

* On if he's unhappy with Chris Johnson, who has played poorly since signing his monstrous contract: "Not really. I don't feel that has anything to do with me. I'm not Chris Johnson. I'm a diferent player than he is. We both play the running back position, but we're different people. I don't feel that has anything to do with me."

* On if the NFL system is stacked against running backs: "Not really. I think it really depends on what organization you're in and how they treat their players. I feel if I was on any other team, and you produce, and you were drafted by that team, and you produce enough in the last four years, it would be easy to really get a deal done. I'm not really sure what the problem is and what's going on. But, well figure it out pretty soon."

* On if there's been any contract discussions during this season with the Bears: "Over the bye week, they talked to my agent [Adisa Bakari]. But no new offer has been on the table yet."

* On if he expects anything in the coming weeks: "I'm always optimistic. I want to expect something. But, the way things have been going, it doesn't look like that. I've been producing very well, and no new offer has been on the table, so I'm not really sure what's going on."

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Here's hoping you don't break your leg this week Matt.

"Matt Forte says he will not walk out on the Bears this season."

Translation :

"Matt Forte will walk out on the Bears next season."

Wake up, Matt. Running backs are a dime a dozen...........

"I think it really depends on what organization you're in and how they treat their players. I feel if I was on any other team, and you produce, and you were drafted by that team, and you produce enough in the last four years, it would be easy to really get a deal done."

Ouch! They don't have to pay him, that's all there is to it. He can holdout but that only costs him money and he has not made enough money to holdout. He has no leverage at all, They can offer him whatever he wants and if he says no they can franchise him for up to three years. Then he would be free to walk. The only thing that would help him is if the Bears had another player in a similar situation and had to decide on franchising one or the other.

The only thing Bears are concerned with is who other teams Franchise and tag, after Free Agency or as Angelo likes to refer to it "the Bears draft" is when the Bears shine with what he considers diamonds in the rough unheard of Julius Peppers, or his brilliant trade up in the Bears draft to land unkown Jay Cutler.

Sean I was just wondering something, it seems to me I recal Angelo saying any contract over 30 million had to authorized by someone above him. Jerry has always been more than willing to not only pay but overpay his players at the drop of a pin. Any chance that the problem is not Angelo but someone above him who is reeling Angelo and spending in? From what I have heard over the years it is pretty well known that Halas Hall would micro manage it's own bricks if it could. If you get my meaning? Didn't George Jr. just take over this year? Maybe his style is different from what proceeded him. Bears didn't go for the big splash this year in FA, just tried to grab other teams first round busts or cast off's.

Maybe the Bears want to focus less on outside talent and start developing their own players for a change. I know the Bears tend to pay attention to what the Packers do and I am sure the one's who sit above all don't like what they are seeing.

Lots of players have not been resigned to extentions, Roberto Garza, Israel Idonije, Earl Bennett, Zack Bowman(is he even still on the team?), Kellen Davis, Celeb Hanie(Gulp the chosen one), Tim Jennings, The Steltz, etc...

There does seem to be a bit of a change, I mena Hester got what 40 million over 4 years without doing anything at reciever his current cap numbers are 2011)7.5 million, 2012)7.65 million, and 2013) 12.8 million. The real Matty Ice as in that's the reception he gets fro mthe organization, cap number in 2011) .9, you can compare that to let's say the most worthless piece of garbage in NFL history. Frank Omiyale cap number for 2011 3 million.

So not to long ago they were willing to over pay guys left and right, now they have a guy who deserves to get paid, and they don't want to pay him? Even I know Angelo has always taken care of his own, so my guess would be an organizational shift in philosophy that goes above Angelo's head.

Didnt george jr die from a heart attack in 79?

Yeah my bad, George McCaskey. Not Mugs.

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