Teams don't pay a QB and a RB big money. Look through the league. It just isn't out there.
I like Matt and all and I feel for him, but he's massively overplaying his hand. He's not AP. He's not CJ. He's not even Ray Rice, who's in the exact same situation but isn't complaining a bit. Actually, just yesterday he mentioned on twitter that he understands that the business side is tough, but he knows his role. He also mentioned that his brother is in the armed forces, so that keeps things in perspective for him.
Basically what I understand is that there is an offer on the table that is reasonable. I believe this to be true for a couple of reasons, but foremost is that nobody has leaked the numbers yet. If it were a low-ball offer, Forte's camp would have leaked the numbers to get public outrage on his side. They certainly don't mind playing the media. If it were a great offer, the Bears would leak it to get pressure on their side for him to sign.
Nobody has leaked any numbers, which means there's probably a reasonable offer on the table that he just won't accept.
So he'll hold out like so many before him, then he'll sign his tender before the season starts. Forte will get hurt because he didn't have any off-season work. Bush will step into his role and do fine, with Bell as viable depth.
Forte will collect his 7.4 mil and find a soft market next year for a 27 year old RB with a very heavy workload early in his career and two season-ending injuries in back-to-back seasons. He signs into a committee role as an above-average scat back wishing he were in Chicago on a team committed to the run and willing to give him the biggest contact offer he'll ever get.
Bitter god of Monday morning