Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears rushes with the ball and is caught from behind by Aaron Curry #51 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 27, 2011 in Oakland, California. The Raiders won the game 25-20.
Update: Forte sent out more Tweets following his original post after the Michael Bush signing. He clarified that he was not upset with the Bush signing. Follow Forte for more.
Matt Forte is not happy with the Bears signing running back Michael Bush. The Bears' starting running back shared his displeasure over Chicago signing another running back over Twitter.
"There's only so many times a man that has done everything he's been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last ...," Forte said.
He is in the middle of prolonged negotiations with the Bears. Though he will make more than $7 million because of a franchise tag this season, he wants a lucrative, long-term deal that will put him among the best paid backs in the league. His agent told ESPN Chicago he was just as unhappy with the Bush signing.
"Since drafting Matt in 2008, the Bears have signed Kevin Jones, Chester Taylor, and Marion Barber, all ostensibly to serve as Matt's back up. To sign yet another running back, prior to completing a contract w/Matt suggests disregard for Matt and his contributions to the Bears."
Forte tweeted again:
"for the record I'm not mad at the signing of another running back. This is the 4th time that's happened. I embrace the competition as well as the help."
"But as for not taking care of ur own and undervaluing a player under his market value is another story! #twitterrant."
"Just Keeping it real...hate it or love it"
Greg Olsen, Forte's former teammate, also voiced his displeasure.
"If u have a studd 3 down guy like @MattForte22 why keep paying backups big $ every yr? Crazy!! Matt deserves better."
In reality, the Bush signing will help Forte. Bush has nowhere near the production Forte does on the ground, and is not as adept at receiving, ether. He is a bigger, stronger runner who can get in the end zone on short yardage situations, an area where Forte has faltered.