Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) makes a touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears may cut Matt Forte after 2014 season to save cap space

The Chicago Bears drafted a running back in the draft this year but there doesn’t seem to be too much controversy arising from the selection, even with Matt Forte locked in at starter. But while this year may not be a year we look at a running back controversy in Chicago, The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin points to next year as the time in which Forte’s days with the Bears could come to an end.

Per Ben Volin:

Has a lot of wear on his tires, rushing the ball 1,551 times and missing only five games in six NFL seasons. He’s probably safe this year, with $2 million in dead money, but he might be expendable before 2015 with an $8.8 million cap number and fourth-round pick Ka’Deem Carey on board.

Now, let’s not misconstrue what Volin is saying here, as he’s simply pointing out a reality that we may have to deal with down the road and not something that immediately impacts the Bears or Forte. But while he’s a staple running back in Chicago, his days very well could be numbered as running backs are as disposable as ever nowadays and running out and grabbing fresh legs is a lot easier than it used to be.

Forte is an elite runner, but the tread on his tires may start to concern the Bears and we may see him part ways with the Bears like Maurice Jones-Drew did with the Jaguars and Chris Johnson did with the Titans this offseason. If the faces of those franchises can leave, there’s no saying Matt Forte is safe after 2014.

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  • Chris

    Completely foolish to think about getting rid of him so soon. He hasn’t showed signs of slowing down or struggling like Johnson and mjd he is a big part of trestmans offence not to mention Carey hasn’t proved anything yet much like the backups in Chicago the last couple years

    • Nick Thompson

      I so agree

  • glen metcalfe

    why would you even consider getting rid of him,absolutely foolish!FORTE trains as hard as “SWEETNESS” did! Furthermore watch what goes on this year,if they use him like the rams did with “FAULK” the BEARS offense will be absolutely LETHAL.

  • Nick Thompson

    I hope we dont get rid of him he has been a great back for us He has been able to stay healthy most of his career in chicago I dont understand getting rid of him

  • David A Maupin

    To even consider this is foolish. A productive stand up individual both on a off the field. No signs of slowing up and if they are concerned then sign him on a year to year basis or tag him.

  • Rob Fagiano-Gleason

    Carey was a very solid College back, but until he goes through a couple games and he lights it up, then you can say something like this, and suuure, put this article out, but until then STFU! Additionally until Forte has a year like Peppers, then STFU!