Originally written on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/19/14

CHICAGO - AUGUST 22: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs for a 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Giants during their preseason NFL game at Soldier Field on August 22, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
One of the NFL’s worst kept secrets is Matt Forte, the dynamic Bears running back who currently boasts the fifth-most rushing yards in the league. Far from a secret is Forte’s year-long desire for the team to re-do his deal, which they’ve refused to do up to this point. Now Chicago has revealed their Plan B for the 25-year-old. Per ESPNChicago.com, the Bears are set to place the franchise tag on Forte “barring a contract breakthrough” between now and the end of the year. Under that scenario, Forte would be paid $7.71 million in 2012, the average of the top 5 salaries at his position, down from $9.45 million. It wouldn’t sit well with the man who’s just 328 yards away from the 1k mark — and wants to remain in the Windy City. “That’s not something I’m looking forward to,” Forte said Friday on “Rome is Burning” on ESPN. “I don’t want a one-year deal. I want a long-term extension. I think if they use the franchise tag that’s kind of a cheap way to go...
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