Throughout the league, people have wondered why the Bears can't agree on a multiyear contract extension for RB Matt Forte. A major sticking point could stem from the Bears' worry over how long Forte's knees will hold up, a source suggested to the Tribune. The wear and tear on Forte's knees drew the attention of several teams, including the Bears, before the 2008 NFL draft when he came out of Tulane.
According to the source, given Forte's past the Bears cannot rule out arthritis setting in and becoming a chronic problem for the fifth-year running back with 1,237 career NFL touches who turns 27 in December. In the NFL, data show running backs start declining after age 28.
Those realities are one of several issues making the Bears reluctant to meet Forte's demands for the contract he seeks believed to be worth more in overall value and guarantees than LeSean McCoy's.