Forte and the Bears tried to get a deal done during the season, but were never able to close the large gap that currently separates both parties.
“A lot of teams franchise guys so that they can get a deal done or negotiate a deal,” Forte said on “The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show” on ESPN 1000. “It just depends on what the motive of that is.”
If Forte gets the feeling that the Bears aren’t interested in giving him a long term extension and still franchise him, he might hold out.
“I wouldn’t say holdout, but people probably wouldn’t know where I was,” said Forte. He does feel like there’s a “pretty good chance” he’ll end up getting franchised.
Forte doesn’t regret turning down an offer he received earlier in the season from the Bears that would have paid him between $13-$14 million in guaranteed money.
“A lot of people said do I regret turning down the money and then playing and getting injured, I would say no, because I’m not going to let anyone undervalue me as a player,” Forte said. “I know what type of value I have to the team and the offense. And I’m not going to just accept a deal because that’s what their offer was and they’re not going to budge. I’m not going to accept that.
“We were I would say a good ways apart. If you compared stats with other guys and salaries what other running backs make, and then what they offered me, it was like two different sides of the world.”
Forte wants to stay in Chicago and believes that’s where he’ll be next season.
“My gut tells me so right now,” he said. “This is where I was drafted and I’d love to stay here. I love the team and the coaches and everybody.”Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone