I agree the Bears shouldn't overpay the position, but if they can find a middle-ground on a long term contract, I believe that is GOOD for the Bears. Here's why. Forte won't be used as hard. With our new high-powered passing weapons, and with great quality RB depth, we won't have to have Matt Forte as the major part of our offense. He will be an important part, but won't be overused as in the past.
Forte will last us a long time under these new conditions.
He is perfect for our offense. Just a great fit. Sure we could get another #1 RB, but why do that if we already have a great Pro Bowl guy whom we can now use "low mileage" moving forward? With this lower use I expect him to have great legs in December/January......a big difference from when he was our only real weapon.
I'm still hoping we lock up Matt in a long-term contract. Not for Matt's sake, but for the sake of our team. But, yes, don't overpay the guy. Find a middle ground compromise. I think this will happen.