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Perhaps a little to Bearish on a good thing…

Working the Wire Opinion:

The Chicago Bears signed former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush on Thursday to a four year deal, but they have yet to give pro-bowl running back Matt Forte a long term contract.  Forte saw this as yet another sign of disrespect, going as far as to tweet:

There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last….

Matt Forte would later back down slightly from his comments by tweeting:

for the record I’m not mad at the signing of another running back. This is 4th time that’s happened. I embrace competition as well as help

Now I am not the General Manager or Director of Player Personnel or anywhere near the Owner of a NFL franchise, but…  I understand the importance of appealing to your fan base, which Forte does.  I understand the importance of having a player in a key position that is willing to do what is necessary to make the play successful, which Forte is.  Those two points alone should be enough to sell you on the idea that Matt Forte deserves a long term contract, 4 years worth $42 million with 23 mil guaranteed seems more than reasonable for a  player who contributed a larger percentage of positive yardage while on the field than any other player in the NFL last year.

At the same time I understand the importance of manipulating the salary cap and acquiring the best possible talent at a fair market price.  My problem hear is the Bears, who I must admit are my “home town team”, are failing to realize the full value of Forte as a commodity.  I’m taking a short break to state that I do not believe people can be categorized as commodities in any what, but the word is appropriate to establishing value based on ones performance.  To that point, Matt Forte’s production has been on par with the top performers in the NFL, the fact that he is producing the amount of yardage he has, while playing in an antiquated offensive system, behind a sub-par offensive line is more valuable than the idea of a second round draft pick that has good hands coming in and replacing him.

The Chicago Bears ownership and football operations guys seem to always miss the one obvious solution they need to become the NFC leading title contender.  In the past they were reluctant to bring in a stud Quarterback, finally they did so with Jay Cutler.  They have refused to give Cutler the kind of receiving threat that a legitimate QB needs to be successful, they finally did that with Brandon Marshall, and now all they need to do is lock in a legit pro bowl caliber running back to keep the offense balanced, the Bears have their guy, sitting on the Franchise Tag, but again seem unwilling to pull the trigger to solidify would may be considered the best offense in the NFC.  Chicago Bears I love you, and I always will, however, its time to recognize what you have and what you need.  Do not let Forte get away, there is not enough value in the draft to trade him and keeping the tag on him this year can only lead to a hold-out, which will cause you to lose him next year.

I understand the mind-state that running backs are a replaceable commodity, the injury concerns at the position are huge, granted.  Here is the thing though; average running backs can be easily replaced the league is crammed with average backs.  Matt Forte, not an average back.  Forte is one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, one of the best outside the tackle runners in the NFL, and showed when the O-line could open a hole that he has the patience and vision to be a prototypical downhill runner between the tackles.  The man has done it all in Chicago and has handled his contract issues professionally (for the most part), its time Da Bears need to bite Da Bullet, lock up Forte, he’s a Chicago style superstar in the same mold as Derrick Rose of the Bulls, Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, Frank Thomas of the White Sox or Chris Chelios of the Blackhawks.  He is one of us, he needs to stay.

Pats resign under performer Derrick Burgess

The Patriots re-inked former pro-bowler Derrick Burgess to a year contract.

Burgess led the NFL in sacks with 16 back in 2005, however has under performed since coming over to the Patriots before the 2009 season. Burgess only started 6 of the 16 games he played in and was limited to 35 tackles and only 5 sacks.

Texans show no faith in Daniels

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been told by the club that they will need to see a complete recovery from knee surgery before they award him a new contract. Daniels was having a career season through 8 games with the Texans last year he put up 40 catches for 519 yards and 5 touchdowns including 8 plays of 20 yards or more and 2 plays of more than 40 yards.