I’ll get into the Carson Palmer trade to Oakland in another post. This is an interesting one with the trade deadline looming in the NFL. Matt Forte and the Bears are at a standstill in contract negotiations. His future in Chicago is most definitely in question.
A Chicago Tribune report (reissued by NFL.com) discusses that fact that at least two teams had internal discussions about acquiring the all-purpose back before the deadline. Of course, given the public chatter about his contract, that’s a pretty easy line to throw out. Forte has spoken of feeling unwanted in Chicago on multiple occasions.
The Bears travel to London this week to face the Buccaneers after thumping the Vikings. The Buccaneers rebounded brilliantly from a Week 5 disaster against the 49ers to defeat Drew Brees and the Saints at home.
The identities of these teams are still in question as we roll toward the midpoint of the season. We know this. Without Forte, life gets a lot more difficult for Jay Cutler.