Running back Matt Forte made it clear throughout the 2011 season that he would like to be around for the long run with the Chicago Bears and to be honest–there’s no question he deserves a hefty contract considering the type of numbers he’s displayed since 2008. While there’s a good chance the organization will place the franchise tag on their beloved running back, it appears the Bears are ready to at least attempt working out a long-term deal.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com, the Bears plan on meeting with Forte this weekend to begin discussions on reaching an agreement for a long-term deal. Forte was one of the most underpaid veterans in 2011 ($600,000) and he’s certainly proven his value over the years considering he’s recorded 6,218 yards from the line of scrimmage over the last four years–so it’s no surprise Chicago wants to figure this out as soon as possible.
If both sides fail to reach an agreement, the Bears would most likely end up placing the franchise tag on Forte–which is good enough for $7.7 million. For the sake of Chicago and their beloved sports fans, let’s hope talks this weekend go well and both parties can just agree on a long-term deal now rather than later to avoid any risk of losing Forte down the road.
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