Career experts will advise raise-seekers to focus on what they can bring to their job in the future. It's advice Matt Forte listened to when he released a video to prove his knee is just fine.
A Chicago Tribune report said that one of the sticking points in the Bears' negotiation with the Pro Bowl running back is concern about the durability of Forte's knees. He missed four games in 2011 because of a sprained MCL, though it was the first time he missed any games in his career.
To combat this idea, he tweeted, "100Lbs sled up hill i think my knee will be ok," along with a video that showed him moving just fine.
His agent also found the idea that he would have durability problems, ridiculous, telling the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Matt Forte is among the most, if not the most, durable, all-purpose running back in the NFL,"Bakari said. "The 2011 season was the first season of his career that he missed any games. Had the Bears been play-off contenders, he could have returned for the balance of the season. To question his durability at this stage in his career is absurd."
The problem with Forte, or any running back, is that their durability can't be guaranteed. Though Forte continually works on his strength and conditioning, he is still one bad tackle or one missed block away from missing games. His injury near the end of last season proved that. It's not fair to Forte to penalize him for football's injurious nature, but it's also understandable that the Bears want to protect themselves.
The worst part of this public dust-up between the Bears management and Forte is that it reveals where the negotiations are, and that's nowhere. Instead of talking to each other, they are talking to the media and fans.