All things being equal, I would certainly rather have Matt Forte this season than not have him. I mean, despite the reasons I will present to you in this article, I do recognize that Forte is a valuable asset for the Bears offense.
That said, the Bears can win the Super Bowl without him. Yes, the team is better with him, but if he were to hold out for the season—a move that I feel is not in his best interest—the Bears would be just fine.
In short, Forte doesn't really have a lot of leverage in these contract negotiations. If the Bears call his bluff, and Forte refuses to sign the franchise tag, he stands to lose $7.7 million. They could attempt to trade him at that point, but if they don't, he's simply out of luck.
And out of money.
For that reason, as well as the fact that NFL careers can be brief, I think it's highly unlikely that Forte holds out all season.
But if he does, here are eight reasons why the Bears can still win a championship.