Matt Forte: “I Just Want To Be Recognized As One of the Best”

Matt Forte is still waiting for his long term deal.

Coming off of a year where he was among one of the league leaders in yards from scrimmage, Chicago Bears running Matt Forte proved himself to be one of the league’s most dynamic backs.

And judging by where he ranked within the NFL’s Top 100 Players of the 2011 season, his peers certainly felt the same way.

Forte came in at number 33 in the rankings voted on by players within the league. Forte accumulated 997 rushing yards, and 490 receiving yards before going down with a knee injury in week 13.

Speaking with the NFL Network, Forte shed some light on his what he is asking for in terms of a long term contract with the Bears.

“It’s unfortunate that the organization (can) treat it as a business, when the player does he gets frowned upon,” he said. “But you have to make due with what’s best for you and your family. All my teammates know I’m going to be there for them and give them the best in my heart out there on the field.”

Forte was asked by Lindsay Rhodes if he wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid back.

“Definitely not,” he said. “I just want to be given a contract where I rank among some of the top running backs. Not the top paid or anything like that. I just want to be recognized as one of the best.”

Forte’s contract dispute with the Bears has been covered extensively here at W&L. Forte has done a superb job in his role as featured back for the Bears offense. His struggles in short yardage situations and lack of touchdowns when compared to other top running backs is likely what’s keeping the Bears from breaking the bank for him. There is still more than enough time for both sides to come an agreement. The Bears have until the middle of July to continue negotiations. Bears fans are hoping the issue is resolved by the start of training camp so they and the team can focus on the 2012 season.

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