At least two teams have had internal discussions about trading for running back Matt Forte, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, as the Bears continue to slide their feet regarding a contract extension.
The Bears haven’t expressed any intention of dealing their franchise back, but it hasn’t stopped the other teams from exploring the possibility of acquiring running back Matt Forte. The interest in Forte is not expected to facilitate any last-minute surprises before the trade deadline Tuesday.
“I’m glad teams are interested,” Forte said following Sunday’s victory over the Vikings. “For me to be out here working as hard as I do and not have a contract extension, you kind of get that feeling of being unappreciated. I just hope that when this year is over and I play as well as I’ve been playing, that if the Bears don’t reward me with a contract, another team will.’
The Bears could slap Forte with the franchise tag next season at a cost of roughly $8 million.
“It kind of doesn’t make sense,” Forte said of the tag. “If they don’t want to pay me that type of money, why would they use the franchise tag, which is basically paying me that ($8 million) in one year?”