According to a report on ESPN Chicago, the Bears have made an offer to running back Matt Forte worth $15 Million guaranteed.
From the article:
Talks between the Chicago Bears and running back Matt Forte have escalated to the point where the team has extended a contract offer worth in the neighborhood of up to $15 million guaranteed, sources indicated to ESPNChicago.com.
Given recent statements by general manager Jerry Angelo, and the fact the regular season is less than two weeks away, it appears negotiations are likely coming to a close whether or not Forte agrees to the deal, in which the total value and length weren’t disclosed.
The escalation of talks between the sides don’t necessarily coincide with San Francisco running back Frank Gore‘s recently signing a three-year, $21 million extension, which included $13.5 million guaranteed. But the numbers certainly do. According to NFL sources, the Bears initially used the six-year contract worth $32 million ($10 million guaranteed) signed by Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles as the base line for a potential Forte deal.
Bears fans should be grateful that Frank Gore signed the deal he did, as several thought he could have gotten more from the San Francisco 49ers. But given Gore’s deal and Charles’ deal, offering Forte a tad more guaranteed should be about right.
I believe ultimately Forte will get closer to $20 Million guaranteed from the Bears, but the positive thing is that the offer has been made and it is close to market value for him.
Hopefully, Bears fans, this gets done soon.
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