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.
Good for Forte, bad for the rest of the NFC North. This guy’s a beast. And if Cutler actually gets some protection…
I hate to say it but Da Bears might be the team this year that takes everyone by surprise. Don’t expect a cake walk to a division title.
Agreed. At this point their offense is looking respectable. If all the old guys on the defense can put it together then this team should have a nice season.
Nah I still don’t buy the Bears yeah they got a little better but I still dont see them contending with the Packers and Lions.
The Bears secondary is very thin…Safety is the weakest position on the team. Even with Peppers, etc they were 26th against the pass last year. Cutler is still Cutler, and Marshall is a punk. Forte is coming off a knee injury and just signed a big fat contract. I’m not buying it.
Rodgers and company will carve them up so fast that the Bears running came won’t keep up.