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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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Star running back Matt Forte doesn’t feel the love between himself and the Chicago Bears organization at the moment. The reason being that the team is planning on applying the franchise tag on the back. Even worse the team can apply that tag two years in a row and keep him locked up through 2013.
“I know I’m loyal to my teammates and my team are my guys, but it doesn’t...
Matt Forte and the Bears are still very far apart regarding a contract extension. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, Chicago will likely franchise the team’s star runner.
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Significant cap room left for Bears to use on 16 players at end of contractsWith more than $18 million in salary cap room remaining, the Bears have dealt with constant attention on what will happen with running back Matt Forte.
Significant cap room left for Bears to use on 16 players at end of contractsWith more than $18 million in salary cap room remaining, the Bears have dealt with constant attention on what will happen with Matt Forte.