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Bears Running Back Matt Forte Unhappy with Contract Negotiations

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Matt Forte is arguably the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears offense, and he wants to be paid like it. Forte's quest for a new contract has been well publicized, as he's in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted in the second round by the Bears in 2008.

According to Forte, he was told by the Bears front office that the team plans on placing the franchise tag on him after the season as opposed to signing him to a new contract. The franchise tag is a binding, one-year contract for a player who is usually of high importance to a team.  If slapped with a franchise tag, a player would receive no less than the average of the top five salaries of that particular position.

To Forte, it makes no sense to be franchised because the new deal he is hoping to get would pay him about the same figure as the franchise tag would. Also, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo had apparently promised Forte a new contract, calling it the team's highest priority, the player says. Considering this, Forte says he doesn't feel any loyalty from the team. "I know I'm loyal to my teammates and my team are my guys, but it doesn't seem like the organization is to me," Forte said. "But that doesn't keep me from going out on the field and putting my best out there."

It is hard to argue Forte's tremendous value to the Bears. He's currently sixth in the NFL in rushing yards, fifth in rushing yards per game, second among running backs with 38 receptions, and has an impressive 1,091 total yards from scrimmage in just seven games this season.

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