What Bears running back Matt Forte calls "disrespect" I call good business.
On Thursday, the Bears announced the signing of running back Michael Bush to a four-year deal worth $14 million, including $7 million guaranteed.
This is an excellent move. Bush rushed for 977 yards and seven touchdowns on 256 carries with the Oakland Raiders last season. He is a clear upgrade over last year's backup running back, Marion Barber. We all remember how much the offense went to pieces last year when Forte got injured. Bush is simply a better player than Barber, and this pickup gives the team a nice second option out of the backfield -- as well as insurance should Forte get hurt again.
Forte, unfortunately, doesn't see it that way. He's bitching up a storm on Twitter because the Bears put the franchise tag on him and have yet to bestow him with the lucrative long-term deal he thinks he deserves. He believes he should have gotten his money before the Bears addressed their depth at running back.
Here's the bottom line for me: the Bears went out and made themselves better today, and Forte is complaining about it. That's a me-first attitude if I've ever seen one. Last I checked, Forte is scheduled to make $7 million this season. I don't think he'll be headed to the poor house anytime soon. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever.
Running backs don't have a very long shelf life in the NFL. If you want to win, it's a good idea to have two quality backs available. The Bears fortified themselves at that position today, and I applaud them for it.