Should the Chicago Bears Ease Up on Matt Forte’s Workload?

May 13, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is fighting a noble fight. But it's one often lost in his chosen profession as age and money—two familiar foes—clash.
Now a third combatant is possibly set to enter the ring: declining touches. All three are forever linked, of course, because paying running backs who have gone through the NFL gauntlet repeatedly isn’t fashionable.
Doom and decay circles even the somewhat-elderly running back, a category Forte is nearing. He’s preparing to celebrate his 30th year of existence late in the 2015 season. As that birthday nears, Forte and the Bears live in complex times.
The former is heading into the final year of his contract and wants an extension, saying as much to 670 The Score in late April (via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune). The latter is wrestling with a difficult question: At what point does a workhorse running back fall off his horse?
And when does less become more even if, as new offensiv...

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