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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte’s contract is set to expire on March 13th when the new league year begins.
On Tuesday, the Bears made it clear that they will either place the franchise tag on Forte or get a long term deal finalized, so he isn’t able to hit the open market.
“We’d like to (strike a long-term agreement),” Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips told ESPN 1000 Chicago. “But as (new G.M.) Phil (Emery) pointed out, we obviously will at least consider placing the franchise tag on him. We don’t have any intention of letting Matt hit the open market.”
If the Bears end up tagging Forte for the 2012 season, it will cost them about $8 million.
There’s very little doubt that Forte would take less then what Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams got this past offseason when he landed a five year deal with about $ 8 million per year.
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