Lovie Smith has heard all about star running back Matt Forte's displeasure with the Chicago Bears signing running back Michael Bush. Smith doesn't sound too worried about it. (Although Smith doesn't ever sound too worried publicly. Or emote.)
"Right now, Matt Forte the football player has a problem with our organization. It's not about one person," Smith said Wednesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting.
"I felt comfortable with Kahlil in the No. 2 role. But, it's about the strength in numbers," Smith said.
Those numbers include Forte's possible salary for 2012. The Bears are happy to pay him a salary as a franchise tag player. It makes sense from their perspective to go year-to-year at the game's most fungible position. Forte will have to lower his demands to get a long-term deal.