Bears Place Franchise Tag on RB Matt Forte Reviewed by Momizat on . In a move that does not come as a shock, the Bears Friday evening disclosed that they have placed the franchise tag on running back Matt Forte. Placing the tag In a move that does not come as a shock, the Bears Friday evening disclosed that they have placed the franchise tag on running back Matt Forte. Placing the tag Rating:
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Bears Place Franchise Tag on RB Matt Forte

Bears Place Franchise Tag on RB Matt Forte

In a move that does not come as a shock, the Bears Friday evening disclosed that they have placed the franchise tag on running back Matt Forte.

Placing the tag on Forte means that he will earn approximately $7.7 million this season unless the Pro Bowl running back receives a long-term deal before the July 15th deadline.

The Bears attempted to sign Forte to a long-term extension before last season began. When they couldn’t get a deal done, former general manager Jerry Angelo suspended talks because he didn’t want it to become an in-season distraction. The hope was, though, that the sides could close the gap and find a deal.

Now, it’s one of the top priorities for new general manager Phil Emery as team president Ted Phillips has publicly said the club would like to sign Forte to a long-term deal.

“Matt is an important part of our football team and we chose to utilize the franchise tag to ensure he remains a Bear,” Emery said in a statement released by the club. “We believe in Matt as a player and a person. Our intention is to continue to work to find common ground and keep Matt as a member of the Chicago Bears in 2012 and beyond.”

This is just the second time in a decade the Bears have used the franchise tag. They placed it on linebacker Lance Briggs in 2007.

SOURCE: Bears Gab

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