Forte not happy with Bears' "effort" on contract extension


Forte not happy with Bears' "effort" on contract extension

Back in training camp, running back Matt Forte said that he trusted the Bears to make a long-term contract extension happen for him. General manager Jerry Angelo was public with the Bears commitment to getting that done.

Nearly six months later, with no deal done and the two sides dug in, Forte said he has not seen the effort Angelo said would be there.

Of course hes going to say that, Forte said. And as far as effort, a deal didnt get done. He can say whatever he wants to say about effort and all that stuff, but it didnt get done. So well see what happens.

The Bears have had an offer in front of Forte calling for guaranteed money in excess of 12 million on a multi-year deal. They are not expected to alter that to any significant degree if only because they have a franchise tag available to use, which would pay Forte nearly 8 million but only for one season.

Their feeling is that there is no reason to up an offer that they already believe to be fair. Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams signed a mega-deal worth more than 8 million per season but Forte insisted that was not the framework standard for his contract.

We werent even close to that at the beginning of the season, Forte said. My agent told me the longer we wait, the harder its going to get to do.

Bears Talk Podcast: Jay Cutler returns against one of NFL's best defenses


Bears Talk Podcast: Jay Cutler returns against one of NFL's best defenses

Jim Miller joins Pat Boyle as they discuss the return of Jay Cutler as he gets ready to face one of the toughest defense’s in football. Plus, the key to a Bears win on Halloween night.

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John Fox: 'No truth' to reports he’s done with Jay Cutler

John Fox: 'No truth' to reports he’s done with Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler isn’t expected to the Bears starting quarterback in 2017, whether for reasons financial ($16 million), results (seven Bears Bears seasons, one postseason, two winning years) or performance (76.2 passer rating through his two games, one TD, two INTs). And given the chance this week to express either confidence in or desire to remain in Chicago, Cutler didn’t, only that the future is what it will be.

But if coach John Fox expects Cutler to be done after this abbreviated season for the quarterback, as some reports have suggested, Fox flatly said on Thursday that those reports are wrong.

“There is absolutely no truth to that,” Fox said. “People can say whatever they want. That’s the unfortunate part of this profession. But absolutely not true.”

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Cutler said, perhaps ironically, perhaps bluntly, that Fox had “no choice” but to be supportive of him now that Brian Hoyer is done for the year with a broken arm.

But Fox has been generally complimentary of Cutler going back as far as the NFL owners meetings last spring. Fox was supportive of Hoyer, holding out a chance to hold onto the starting job, when the Hoyer stepped in after Cutler’s thumb injury in week two, and Fox was supportive of Cutler as Cutler returned from the down time.

“I think Jay kinda knew all along what our plan was and that’s the important thing,” Fox said. “He was really supportive of Brian as far as the game plan, on game day, during the games. As far as on the sideline, making adjustments and different things that Brian was familiar with, I thought he was very helpful.”