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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Peterson: Bears' Forte 'underrated'

By Nick Friedell

Adrian Peterson
Matt Forte has a fan in Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Add Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson to the list of people who think that the Chicago Bears should show running back Matt Forte the money.

"What he brings to the table offensively, I feel like he's underrated in a sense," Peterson said of Forte during a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. "And obviously, as you guys have seen, he's productive. What he's brought to the Chicago offense, he's getting it done."

Peterson didn't seem surprised that Forte and the Bears are still in a disagreement as to how much Forte's new contract should be worth.

"[There's] not much that surprises me in this league," Peterson said. "You never know. From what I've been able to take in since I've been in the league, nothing surprises me. I've seen guys go that wowed me, in the sense that I couldn't believe they let this guy go, and I've seen some guys get contracts that I was like, 'Wow, I can't believe they paid this guy this much.' So it doesn't surprise me."

As far as advice goes, Peterson, who signed a $100 million extension earlier this year with $36 million guaranteed, believes Forte should do what he has to to get a deal done.

"Do what you got to do to get what you deserve," Peterson said. [Forte's] a big part of their offense in the pass game and on the ground. Be smart, sit back and weigh your options, and do what's best for you and your family."

For Peterson, contract disputes don't carry over to games, but he admits that having a contract signed and sealed gives him peace of mind for the people around him.

"On the field it doesn't change anything," Peterson said. "Financially, yeah, it changes things. [Your] family is [financially] secure so that's the positive thing about it, but I'm still going to play this game the way I've played since I stepped into the league."