Thursday the Chicago Bears signed free agent running back Michael Bush to a four-year, $14 mil contract to solidify their back field. Bush is a power runner with deceptive speed and should be a nice addition for Chicago.
Only problem is, the Bears already have pro-bowler Matt Forte as their starter and Forte has been seeking long term security from the Bears. Forte took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the signing:
The Bears designated Forte as their franchise player this off-season, a move that will pay Forte about $7.7 mil for the 2012 season. Adding Bush may not have been the best negotiating tactic if the Bears plan to keep Forte in the fold beyond next season.
For his career, Forte has rushed for 4,233 yards on 203 carries for an average of 4.2 yards a pop but only 21 touchdowns in 60 games and was enjoying probably his best season in 2011 before going down with an injury in week 13. Forte is a versatile back and weapon out of the backfield, adding 223 catches for 1,985 yards and 8 TDs. The Bears selected Forte in the 2nd round in 2008 (44th overall).