It is possible that the Matt Forte era in Chicago is over?!
The trade deadline is coming up on November 3, and with the Bears already entering rebuilding mode, it will be interesting to see what moves they will make in these upcoming days. One move that should and likely will happen is a Matt Forte trade. I know it may sound stupid, but hear me out, it has the potential to be a very smart move.
Forte’s stats have been exceptional this season. Forte (age 29) has shown age is indeed just a number. Most running backs in the NFL stats begin to go down as they are not as valuable to their teams any more. Forte has been doing the complete opposite. He is ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing yards this season. That includes the bye that the Bears just had. How great is that! Forte has played one game less than some of the other players in the NFL, and still is sixth in rushing yards. Forte is also number seven in yards per game, number four in the NFL for scrimmage yards and is ranked eleventh for receiving yards out of all running backs. With all of these stellar stats, Forte has proven that he can still be one of the best in the league.
Even though Forte has put up some fantastic numbers I believe the Bears should still trade him. He is an old player and because of the Bears soon to be going into rebuilding mode they want young players. The Bears are still not out of the playoffs, but it is a long shot. If Cutler keeps playing like he has been playing I think the Bears can make the playoffs earning a second wildcard spot. However, I think they need more help.
They do not have enough talent on their team to win a Super Bowl this year. In my opinion, the Bears are still able to make the playoffs without Matt Forte as their running back. The Bears have a stud backup running back in Jeremy Langford. His college career was quite intriguing. Playing for Michigan State, he put up 1,522 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Langford has a lot of potential. He was a fourth round draft pick in the 2015 draft and in my opinion, he could’ve been a second or third. I love Jeremy Langford and with enough carries he can do amazing things for the Bears.
Forte’s contract with the Bears is over after this season, which is the biggest reason why a trade involving Matt Forte is a smart option. Forte has already had trouble with the Bears front office and will probably not re-sign with the team this offseason.
Another reason he may not re-sign is because he wants to win, and he wants to win now. Forte has about three more good years left in him and he desperately wants a crack at the Super Bowl. If Matt Forte doesn’t re-sign with the team then why not get something instead of nothing, right? The Bears may only want a mid round draft pick for Forte but that would be a lot better than nothing.
There are two teams who have shown interest in trading for Forte and I assume that Forte would be happy going to either of the two. Those two are Denver and Dallas. Both teams would have Forte start immediately and even better for Forte, both teams have a very good chance at making a run for the Super Bowl. Forte and Bears fans included, obviously wouldn’t be too happy with the trade, but us fans should realize there is a very slim chance that he re-signs with the Bears, and that this would be an extremely intelligent move in our rebuilding mode.
If tomorrow ends with running back Matt Forte on another team, Bears fans everywhere will be very upset. But just know that it is 100% in our best interest for the long run. This may be the only way our beloved Bears can bring a Lombardi Trophy back to the Windy City.