NFL Rumors: Deal Appears Imminent for Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte

By Jeff Shull

One of the more polarizing contract disputes this offseason has been the one between the Chicago Bears and their star runningback Matt Forte. Forte has made it very clear he believes he deserves a long term contract extension, but as of now the Bears have him franchised.

Adam Schefter of ESPN seems to believe the deal is coming, it is just a matter of time. Teams have until July 16 to negotiate long term deals with players they have franchised, after that they will be stuck at the 2012 salary.

Forte claims he will not hold out of camp if they do not give him the contract he is looking for, which is apparently around the numbers that Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy got this offseason. It is hard to deny that Forte deserves the contract. In 2010 he had 1,616 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns, and in just 12 games in 2011 he had 1,487 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

It’s not hard to see how much Forte is a part of the offense. However, it seems as if the Bears were prepared for a Forte holdout. They signed Michael Bush from the Oakland Raiders this offseason, giving them a great backup and goal line presence.

Obviously they hope to have both backs ready and healthy on opening day, but it may cost them a pretty penny to keep Forte happy. If the reports are true, Forte could be happy in the coming weeks.


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