Found July 18, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
With the Bears and Matt Forte ending their soap opera by striking a long-term agreement, the Monsters of the Midway now have virtually no distractions heading into training camp next week. That allows the Bears to focus solely on the task at hand: winning a Super Bowl title. And they better do it quickly, because after this year the window may be closing. Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and the Chicago Bears need to capitalize on their window of opportunity before it closes. (Image via After this coming season, Brian Urlacher, D.J. Moore, Henry Melton, Chris Spencer, Chris Williams, Israel Idonije, Nick Roach, Lance Louis, and Kelvin Hayden all see their contracts expire. At the end of 2013-2014, Jay Cutler, Peanut Tillman, Robbie Gould, Devin Hester, Roberto Garza, Tim Jennings, Kellen Davis, Matt Toeaina, J’Marcus Webb, Major Wright, and Tyler Clutts all have their deals run out. That makes 20 key contributors who all have a chance of not returning. It doesn’t take a foo...

Report: Matt Forte, Bears Agree to Four-Year Contract Worth Roughly $32 Million

Matt Forte's contract situation has been the talk around Chicago all offseason, and it appears the two sides have come to a resolution. Forte has agreed to a four-year contract with the Bears worth roughly $32 million, according to's Adam Schefter. The two sides had until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to reach an agreement, or else the running back would have played the upcoming...

Bears, Matt Forte agree to contract extension

Under the gun of today's deadline for franchise players to agree to multi-year contracts with their teams, the Chicago Bears agreed to terms with running back Matt Forte. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, who broke word of the deal, indicates it's a four-year deal. Financial terms have not yet been confirmed, but Adam Schefter notes the deal averages about $8 million...

Chicago Bears agree with Matt Forte on a four year contract

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago SunTimes the Chicago Bears and Matt Forte have agreed to terms on a four-year contract today. News of the signing went out on twitter and from there many other NFL sources confirmed it. The news comes a little over three hours before the deadline that would have prevented Forte from signing a long term contract. Adam Schefter tweeted out...

Matt Forte agrees to four-year, $32 million extension with Bears

The Chicago Bears reportedly have agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract extension with pro-bowl running back Matt Forte, per the Chicago Tribune. Forte had until 3p eastern time to either have accept the team’s franchise tag tender, hold out, or agree to an extension with the Bears. Forte performed at an all-pro level in [...]

Chicago Bears and Matt Forte agree to four year deal

The Chicago Bears will avoid having to pay running back Matt Forte the franchise tag, and Forte will avoid having to hold out. Multiple outlets are reporting that both parties agreed to a four year contract Monday, the deadline day. Now the Bears will not have to pay Forte $7.74 million. The Bears signed veteran running back Michael Bush to a four-year, $12 million contract ($7...

Bears Matt Forte Signs New 4 year Deal- Super Bowl Next?

The Chicago Bears and their pro-bowl running back Matt Forte have agreed to a new contract that is worth $32 million dollars over 4 years according to ESPN… Terms of the new agreement have yet to be disclosed, but you can rest assured that the folks at Halas Hall...

Ray Rice joins Forte, Scobee in deadline signings

Earlier in the day, news broke that Matt Forte had been signed a long term deal with the Bears, surprising everyone who had covered the contract dispute between the two sides. This afternoon, kicker Josh Scobee signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars ending a similar contract dispute in Northern Florida. Now you can add Ray Rice to the list. According to Albert Breer, Ray Rice and the...

Bears' free agency situation not as dire as reported

With the signing of Matt Forte to a four year contract, we now turn our focus to who the Chicago Bears should look sign a contract extension. Recently it was reported that the Bears would have 17 of 22 starters hitting the free agent market in the next two seasons (barring Forte not signing his extension) that number dropped to 16 after Forte signed his deal. This number is extremely...

2012 Fantasy Running Backs: Big Paydays Mean Big Seasons?

The 2011 NFL Season came to an end with many big name superstars heading to free agency or getting franchise tenders from the clubs they have played for.  Four of these superstars shared something in common. They all are franchise running backs who play important roles in their teams' playbook. Now that the signing period came to end, to get franchised players signed long...
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