Lovie insists no need to worry about Forte situation
- By Simon Samano NFL.com
- Published: March 25, 2012 at 04:59 p.m.
- Updated: March 25, 2012 at 09:58 p.m.
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith makes the Matt Forte situation sound so simple.
In speaking with ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Sunday, Smith assured everyone not to worry, even as Forte himself has reached the tipping point regarding his contract status.
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"We love him, he's going to rush for a lot of yards for us," Smith said. "It's going to work out fine."
That's it. No empathy for one of the NFL's most productive running backs who feels -- and rightfully so -- like he's getting a raw deal.
Forte already was unhappy with his contract status last season, and his feelings only worsened when the Bears slapped the franchise tag on him earlier this month. Now he's downright livid after the team signed Michael Bush to a four-year, $14 million deal last week.
This is the first time we've heard from Smith regarding the matter since the Bush acquisition, and we can't imagine the coach's overly simplistic assessment will go over well with Forte. A little understanding might have gone a long way to ensuring that everything does, in fact, work out fine.
No but I think it puts to rest the idea of the Bears trying to shop him.
Bears, if you haven't offered him 17-18 mil in guarantees, and at least 30mil total; get it on the damn table.
Forte, if they did, sign it you haven't proven you deserve more; and you won't get more then that in FA; which you aren't going to see in the next 3 years anyways.
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Don't mind what Lovie has to say. He's not only a spokesperson for NyQuil he also works for the makers of Valium. Nothing ever flusters Lovie besides there's always a lot rhetoric coming from players like Forte who are unhappy with their deals.
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.