For what it's worth, Bears fans are really split on Forte.
There are a lot who are saying open up the vault and give him whatever it takes. There are a lot who are at the
I'm more moderate on the issue, I feel for him because he's earned it, but the reality of most RBs is that they do their best running before they're paid, for a multitude of reasons, and he's just not in a great spot. The numbers just aren't on his side either. If he wants 7 mil per year (or more), the Bears can get him for that under the franchise tag without any worry about long-term liability. He wants long-term security, but in order do get that he needs to take less short-term for more long-term. He wants both, and the numbers just don't play out from the Bears' perspective.
The Bears don't have a ton of contract year guys, but they do have quite a few in 2013 (Angelo and Lovie's contracts went/go through 2013, so a lot of guys are set to expire there), so I'm sure they're aware with guys like Cutler, Hester, Urlacher, Tillman, and less notable starters Melton, Moore, Roach all up for new deals in the next two years, I'm sure they're watching that cap number closely. Giving Forte what he wants means letting some of those guys go, and RB just isn't that important.