Found July 16, 2012 on thepigskinreport.com:
The deal that I thought was less likely to get done than Drew Brees was reportedly just finished moments ago as the Bears and star running back Matt Forte have come to an agreement. The deal, with details still coming in, is said to be for four years at roughly $8 million per year. That’s comparable to the deal that Houston gave star running back Arian Foster, who will average around $8.5 million per year over five seasons. When the Bears re-signed Khalil Bell and brought in free agent Michael Bush over the offseason, I didn’t think things looked good for Forte long-term in Chicago. At least not in terms of getting a new deal done. But Chicago wanted to avoid any possible distractiont hat a holdout would have caused and apparently gave in to the pro bowler’s demands. The new deal is a slight raise over the one-year franchise tender that would have paid Forte $7.74 million this season. The new contract Forte and his agent were seeking was well earned based off of his performanc...
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