Matt Forte appears to be concerned about his standing


To read too far into Matt Forte's tweets from over the weekend would be a tad irresponsible, but there's no denying the running back, based on his posts from over the weekend, is at least a little concerned about his standing with the Chicago Bears.

Forte posted a story about potential trade options for the running back, and added the comment: "What y'all think about this Bear fans?"

Forte followed that up with: "A lot of football left in me. I want to play for the Chicago Bears and retire a lifelong Bear. But they have to want the same thing."

Forte apparently thinks the organization doesn't, but it's likely the brass hasn't actually held any substantial conversations with the running back about his future or discussed potentially trading him because new general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox are still working overtime to evaluate the entire roster in an effort to determine the team's needs headed into free agency and the draft.

Forte is set to enter the final year of a four-year deal signed back in 2012, and it's likely his agent Adisa Bakari is, or at least will be, banging the table hard for the Bears to give the running back a new contract. But given all the team's needs on defense, coupled with the fact the Bears still need to figure out a way to prevent receiver Alshon Jeffery from hitting free agency when his deal expires next season, Forte won't register as high on Chicago's list of priorities.

The organization still hasn't yet approached Jeffery's representatives about doing a new deal, according to a source. So it's likely the Bears would prioritize Jeffery, who is just 25 and playing a more difficult to fill position than running back, over Forte, who will be 30 after next season, when his contract expires.

Forte knows the game, or at least should considering the contentious nature of negotiations between the sides the last time they struck a deal. Forte should also be aware that for the Bears, it might actually make sense to trade him now because his value isn't likely to rise any higher than it is right now.

Forte ranks No. 2 in Bears history in yards from scrimmage (11,431) and rushing yards (7,704) and is fourth in touchdowns (57). He ranks No. 1 in the NFL since coming into the league in 2008 in yards from scrimmage (11,431) and games in which he reached 150 yards or more from scrimmage (23). He's also third in rushing yards during that span, and tops among all running backs in receptions (443).

Yet all of Forte's accolades and contributions won't ever trump the business side of the game, where teams typically don't like to sign running backs to a third contract, in a league in which running backs have increasingly become a dime-a-dozen type of position.

Forte is scheduled to receive a base salary of $6.65 million in 2015, and given Fox's background as a run-first coach, the running back will earn every penny of that money next season. There's also a good chance Forte could be sharing the load in the backfield with rising second-year man Ka'Deem Carey.

It's unknown exactly what Forte might be seeking in a new contract from the Bears after his deal expires in 2015. But at age 30 after next season, Forte can't expect to receive a new deal near as lucrative as his last.

That's just the reality of the business.