Nov 27, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bears 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Cardinals Don't Have Any Matt Forte's on Their Roster

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is unhappy.  He is unhappy with the free-agent signing of running back Michael Bush.  He tweeted as much today when he found out.  As far as I’m concerned, regardless of his contract situation, bad move.  Selfish.  I could go on and on.  Sure, I understand Forte wanting to get his and be the featured guy and maybe he feels threatened by Bush’s signing.  Fact is, he has total control over whether he stays in good graces in Chicago and remains the main guy.  Bush wasn’t the main guy in Oakland.  He won’t be in Chicago either as long as Forte is healthy and keeps his mouth shut.  I can’t imagine anyone on the Arizona Cardinals tweeting out their displeasure on a free-agent signing, whether they agreed with it or not.

Michael Bush was rumored to be visiting the Cards last week.  However it turned out he was just in Phoenix, but not visiting the Cards.  Forte needs to understand that the Bears need a backup pretty bad.  Marion Barber’s best days are behind him.  They also need an insurance policy in case Forte doesn’t return to full form after his season-ending knee injury.  Forte just doesn’t get it.

Could you imagine Larry Fitzgerald tweeting out his displeasure if the Cards signed a guy like Mario Manningham, who went to the San Francisco 49′ers, or Eddie Royal, who went to the San Diego Chargers?  Now, I’m just using those guys as examples, but I think you get the idea.  It would never happen.  There are just certain things you do and don’t do.  You don’t go bad mouth your employer’s decisions, even in the NFL.

Hopefully Forte has realized by now he made a bad decision.  Maybe he sticks by what he says?  Either way, he’d be better keeping his mouth shut whether he agrees with the move or not.  That’s just, pardon the pun, bush league.  Just play football Matt.  You’re good at that.  This Twitter thing?  Not so much.

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  • AZScott

    Can’t wait for Cards rb combo of Wells/Williams

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  • JasonBurgoyne

    To be honest I don’t get all the Forte hatred at him expressing his frustration. He is only looking to secure his future and after outperforming his contract since his rookie season, doing everything that was asked of him and more, and then believing the GM who was saying “If you put the team first, we will make sure you are well compensated” has been a trek of fortitude for him. Far worse players have been made a part of their teams long term plans, and they have NEVER been the team first guy that Forte has. He hasn’t expressed displeasure at the signing of Bush. I am sure that he doesn’t see him as a threat (he shouldn’t), but to put the team first for so long only to have the team turn it’s back on you by essentially renting his services when they promised to get a deal done, is outrageous. Marshawn Lynch got signed for gods sake! Forte is a far superior back. He only wants to know that he is a part of the teams long term plans. The money in the franchise is no different really than what he is asking for, but he wants (as ALL players do, but they aren’t normally so compliant about their desires for so long) is to have security. And there is nothing wrong with that. A good soldier can only be a good soldier for so long.

  • peytontoaz

    That is how Chi-Town rolls though. They notoriously don’t reward offensive players other than a QB any type of good money. I believe he’s been a good back for their system and has the tools to be great. LIttle injury plagued. Missed some games most years he’s played (considering how many snaps he’s played does not surprise me). The offensive system over there might have a lot to do with it as well. how Chicago gets away with trading two third round choices for Marshall is really beyond me. NE way Forte deserves a 8-9 million dollar per year contract IMO.