Bears Finally Pay Matt Forte
The idiots in the Chicago Bears front office finally decided to do the right thing and pay their franchise. Running back Matt Forte has reached an agreement on a new four-year deal hours short of the franchise tag deadline.
Forte will reportedly receive around $8 million per season.
Had the two sides not reached an agreement by 3 p.m. CT today, Forte would have had to play the 2012 season under the franchise tag number of $7.742 million. He would have been a free agent again in 2013.
Forte has been clamoring for a new contract for some time. His rookie deal paid him $3.7 million over four years, but he performed much better than that. Word out of Chicago is Forte wasn’t planning on showing up for training camp if he didn’t get a long-term deal.
Forte has gained more than 900 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving in each season of his four-year career.