A lesson for Forte

(David J. Phillip/AP)
(David J. Phillip/AP)
Posted: November 02, 2011

Running back Matt Forte said the Bears' plan to apply the franchise tag after the season rather than sign him to a contract extension makes him feel as if the team is not loyal.

"I know I'm loyal to my teammates and my team are my guys, but it doesn't seem like the organization is [loyal] to me," he told ESPN-Chicago yesterday after practice. "But that doesn't keep me from going out on the field and putting my best out there."

The franchise tag will guarantee Forte's salary for 2012. The Bears then can apply another franchise tag with a slightly higher 1-year salary for 2013.

If the whole process has taught him anything, Forte said it was losing that sense of trust.

"I play for myself and my teammates and my family. I learned that it really is a business and that they really don't care about your personal life or anything like that. It's the National Football League and these organizations are in a business. That's the bad part about it."

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