The NFL is a passing league.
Matt Forte is a running back.
Can someone explain the difference to the Bears?
In a deal completed Monday as the deadline approached, the Bears agreed to pay an average of $8 million over four years. The Bears won't pay all $32 million, of course. Nobody ever does.
But still, why the Bears elected to pay more than the franchise tag of about $7.7 million for this season makes no sense.
Running back has become the most fungible position in the league. Running backs last about as long as Forte has already played. Running backs get hurt the way Forte did last season. Connect the dots, people.
Smart teams continually replace their running backs, whose first priority, by the way, is protecting the quarterback.
There would seem to be no more wasted money in the NFL than a big ticket for a running back, unless it's whatever Michael McCaskey is taking home.
If the Bears overpaid as a way of keeping the locker room happy, then it just seems to get dumber around there. Some might claim the Bears want to reward their own. Smart teams reward nobody unless they have to.
The Bears had leverage. Forte could play for the franchise tag or sit out. The Bears had Michael Bush signed in case of the latter and to complement the former. The Bears were looking smart right up until a deadline.