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Michael Bush: "I think there are enough carries to go around"

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New Bears running back Michael Bush was sympathetic to Matt Forte's contract situation. But, ultimately, Bush still decided Chicago was the best opportunity for himself.

"I can understand where the guy is coming from. Everything they've asked, he's done," Bush said of Forte. "You want to be rewarded for your success. But that has nothing to do with me.

"I'm just glad I'm on this team."

A former fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, Bush had his best season in 2011, when he gained 977 rushing yards with Darren McFadden sidelined with an injury. Bush also scored seven touchdowns and posted 418 receiving yards.

Also weighing an opportunity with the Cincinnati Bengals, Bush picked the Bears, noting he was impressed with coach Lovie Smith and his assistant coaches.

He was complimentary of Forte.

"In the past, I've been waiting for my turn, to help my team. The rotation is going to be very good. He wants both us to make a lot of plays," Bush said. "I think there's enough carries to go around."

Bush didn't have a chance to get a starting job. But, he still landed a more than respectable contract, a four-year deal worth up to $14 million, including half of that guaranteed.

Clearly, though, Bush didn't dismiss the fact that Forte could hold out. Forte showed up on time last year at training camp, although he considered sitting out a while. He's not currently under contract, so he won't be subject to fines. But, he does have a one-year, $7.74 million franchise tender from the Bears. He can stay away from the team until Week 10 and still get credit for the 2012 season, but he would forfeit the pay checks from any games he misses.

"My job is to come here and play ball," Bush said. "I'm just going to do what I do."

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You know Forte and Cromartie should get together and form a welcoming committee.

This could get interesting, I don't know if Michael Bush is gonna get the carries he thinks he is, Chicago usually sticks with one back for the duration of a game. They'll give their #2 a series, but thats about all. Again, this is gonna get interesting.

Its hard for me to believe Bush picked the Bears to just come in and be a #2, something was said to Bush behind the scenes. I still think this is Fortes team, and the guy has done everything he's been asked while here in Chicago. Other players are gonna look at the Forte situation and be like, this guy did what he was asked and this is how management treats him?

I like the thought of a Forte, Bush, and Bell backfield, thats great depth, and in todays NFL, you need 2 legit backs. But again, did Bush really come here to be a #2, I doubt it. Matt Forte is better, he's a Pro-Bowler for a reason, I just hope Chicago gives him his due. Just an opinion now GO BEARS!!

Michael Bush didn't sign with Chicago to stand on the sideline and the Bears didn't throw $14 million his way to ride a stationary bike.

Bush is going to be a big part of the offense. Matt Forte could become trade bait if he holds out.

I agree Forte is a great back in space either receiving or running out of the backfield. On the other hand Forte is not a stud when it comes to getting that 1-2 yards at the goal line or on 3rd, 4th down situations.

I hope the Bears are able to make both Bush and Forte fit and work well together? Bush is insurance because it is quite clear that Forte could (if he wanted) hold out of practice and even games until game 10 to get paid part of the 7.7 million as a franchise player.

I applaud Emery for having a contingency plan unlike most of Angelo's body of work where there wasn't often a backup plan.

It could be a great backfield with two really good backs Forte and Bush, unless of course greed takes hold and a trade is determined to be the only solution for Forte. I hope Forte sees the bigger picture of winning the division and Super Bowl as a key cog within the Bears system.

Time will resolve all issues, so says the Dahlillama.

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