NFL Trade Speculation: 5 Teams That Should Consider Grabbing Matt Forte
Forte is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he has spoken out on the desire to receive a new deal from the Bears. The Bears have begun contract talks, but there is no indication that a deal will get done anytime soon.
Forte should not be expendable because of his all-around abilities, but the Bears have less pressure to get a deal done with Barber and the rest of the running back core producing.
In the end, Fotre maybe stuck in Chicago for the final year of his deal, or he could be sent to one of these next five cities.
5. Detroit Lions
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The Lions lost rookie Mikel Leshoure during a training camp practice due to a tore ACL, and they need another quality running back to compliment Javid Best.
Forte would be another great weapon for Matthew Stafford to implement into the offense, and he would be a nice change of pace from speedster Javid Best.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Buccaneers could use another quality running back after Carnel "Cadillac" Williams took his talents to St. Louis in the offseason.
LaGareete Blount proved to be one of the steals of the 2010 NFL draft, but adding Forte would bring an added dimension in the passing game from the half back position.
3. St. Louis Rams
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The Rams were a one-hit wonder when it came to running the football. Steven Jackson was their only threat, and the Rams were ranked 25th in the league because of it.
If the Rams want to get back to the playoffs, a veteran like Matt Forte could be the answer. He would take some heat off workhorse Steven Jackson, which could provide him with fresher legs at the end of the year.
2. Indianapolis Colts
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The Colts were ranked 29th in the league when it came to running the football, but with a guy like Matt Forte in the backfield, this team could be a lot more balanced.
The leading rusher for the Colts last season was Donald Brown, who racked in a mere 497 yards. With Peyton Manning's future uncertain, the Colts may have to bring in a quality back to help Kerry Collins if he is the Week 1 starter.
1. Chicago Bears
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The Bears need Matt Forte, plain and simple. Trading him would be a huge mistake, and with Greg Olsen gone, the Bears need some sort of stability for Jay Cutler.
Forte and Marion Barber would be a solid one-two punch for Chicago, which is why Forte should get a new deal in the coming weeks.
If Chicago wants to have any chance of winning the NFC North, then keeping Matt Forte should be priority No. 1.