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Mankins' advice to Forte: If franchised, don't hold out

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Mankins' advice to Forte: If franchised, don't hold out

New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins knows a little of what Matt Forte is going through. And he has some thoughts on what Forte should and shouldnt do.

Mankins was hit with New Englands franchise tag in the 2011 offseason, after going through a testy 2010 offseason with a tender offer dispute that led to his holding out for the first seven games. The Patriots placed the tag on him and he signed the franchise tender for 10 million in July and a six-year deal two weeks later.

Barring an unforeseen breakthrough in negotiations, Forte will be feeling the thud of the Bears franchise tag this offseason. He has given veiled indications that he will hold out if he gets the tag instead of a long-term deal.

Mankins wouldnt recommend holding out.

Maybe if youre tendered as a restricted free agent, Mankins told CSNChicago.com on Tuesday. But not if youre franchised. Thats just too much money.

Fortes franchise figure would approach 8 million for the 2012 season, less than the Bears were offering as guaranteed money in a multi-year package and less than half of what Fortes camp is seeking in guaranteed money with a long-term deal.

Mankins suggestion: Be patient. Keep talking and working on that long-term deal.

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.