Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is tip-toeing a tough tightrope by driving a hard-line negotiation for a contract extension while also trying to be a good teammate. At the conclusion of minicamp, Forte vented a bit about the frustration he felt during the Bears offseason workouts, according to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
"If I don’t show up (to voluntary organized team activities), everybody’s on me: ‘Oh, you’re selfish. You’re this. You’re that. Honor your contract,’" Forte said, per the Sun-Times. "But then if, say, I didn’t perform last year and (the Bears) wanted to cut me or cut my pay, they can do that. They can get rid of you. So nobody says nothing to the team about that.
"It’s a hypocritical league. That’s what it’s about. As a player, all I can do is go out there and perform."
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Forte is heading into a contract year and is slated to earn a $7.05 million base salary in 2015, according to the Sun-Times. At 29 years old, he has yet to show any signs of slowing down. In 2014, Forte eclipsed 1,000 yards for a third-consecutive year and set the NFL’s single-season record for most receptions by a running back (102).
Compared to tight end Martellus Bennett, who skipped all of Chicago’s voluntary workouts this offseason despite having two years left on his current contract, Forte comes away looking more team-oriented.
Forte says he will not hold out when the Bears report to training camp on July 29, according to the Sun-Times.