If IF Forte does have a good game , it will prove hes healed , and that can help Forte's contract, NO?
I don't think it means a thing. Somewhere in the back of their minds the Bears (I'd say Phillips in this case) have a cannot exceed figure in their heads but they won't throw it out there as long as Forte and his guy keep pushing for a DWill type deal. They simply won't go that high.
I'd be willing to bet they put the tag on him before he finally decides that some security, even if it's less than he thinks he's worth, is better than no security at all. He dodged a bullet this year. That hit could have really torn up his knee for good and the next time somebody misses his block and the tackler submarines into his knees it may not come out so good.
I think the Bears are willing to meet him halfway on those guaranteed which would put it at around $17 mil give or take a mil so Forte needs to decide whether he wants to gamble $9-$10 mil on this coming season if he plays for the franchise amount. The Bears won't trade him for less than a first round pick and I'm not sure anyone would give up that much and then need to shell out over $20 mil in guarantees for a guy with the miles he has on him.
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap.
Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
Personally, if it weren't for the fact that he did sustain an injury to his knee this season, I would almost guarantee you that in the eyes of public opinion, Matt Forte would be worth DeAngelo Williams money. DWill got grossly overpaid for what he brings to the table in Carolina. DWill isn't an Adrian Peterson or a Chris Johnson, and he isn't as good as Forte when he's healthy. What's going to hurt Forte in this case is the fact that he's sustained two injuries in four years, including this year, which ended his season. He made the Pro Bowl, but he was also well on his way to having the best season for a Bears RB since Walter Payton. Until he pads his stats up with 1,400-1,800 rushing yards and more 400-500 receiving yard seasons, I just don't see him getting too far with the negotiations at the level that he would like for them to go.