Chicago Bears And Running Back Matt Forte Agree On 4-Year Deal

The Chicago Bears and Matt Forte have agreed to a four-year contract extension. Complete coverage can be found in this stream.

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Matt Forte's Contract Extension May Mercifully End Chicago Sports' Darkest Timeline

The Chicago Bears and Matt Forte agreed to a four-year extension on Monday. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell is hoping the deal signals the end to a particularly rough stretch for our local teams.

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Matt Forte Contract Update: Forte, Bears Agree To Four-Year Contract

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte had until 3 p.m. today to sign a long-term deal and avoid playing the 2012 season under the franchise tag. That deadline, according to various reports, has been met. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Monday morning that Forte and the Bears agreed to a four-year contract, with ESPN's Adam Schefter adding that the deal is expected to be worth $8 million a year.

The amount of guaranteed money in the deal has yet to be revealed, though. According to earlier reports, Forte was seeking $20 million in guaranteed money, while the Bears were offering something closer to $15 million guaranteed over the lifetime of the deal.

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Matt Forte Contract Update: Chicago RB Will Reportedly Only Sign Long-Term Deal

It appears as if the standoff between Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears is only getting started. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, as reported on Sportscenter and relayed by Pro Football Talk, Forte is refusing to sign any contract offer that isn't a long-term deal, and that includes the $7.7 million franchise tag tendered to him by the Bears this off-season.

That means that Forte is almost certainly going to miss the team's voluntary offseason workouts, which begin this coming Monday, and he may miss Chicago's mandatory June minicamp and possibly even some games into the season depending on how serious both sides are in sticking to their guns. Forte has famously been pleading for a long-term deal for much of the past year and change, and though the Bears say that they have made him a long-term offer, the details of that offer have not been disclosed to the public, and obviously Forte has yet to agree to the terms.

The longer that Forte holds out, the bigger the spotlight will get on free agent acquisition Michael Bush, who was jokingly nicknamed by many as the "Matt Forte Insurance Policy." But as the negotiations between Forte and the Bears trudge along, that moniker will get more and more serious.

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Matt Forte Contract Dispute: Bears Running Back Expected To Miss OTAs

The Chicago Bears continue to work around their ongoing contract dispute with All-Pro RB Matt Forte. According to Peggy Kusinski of NBC, Chicago anticipate the fifth-year running back will miss the beginning of organized team activities next Monday:

Forte has played all four years of his NFL career with the Chicago Bears. With the conclusion of his rookie contract in 2011, Forte began campaigning for a long-term, top-tier extension, but negotiations have since stalled. The team tendered Forte a franchise player contract, but Forte has yet to sign the deal.

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Matt Forte Contract Update: Franchise Tag May Result In Holdout

In a recent interview, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte indicated he would be none-to-pleased if the Bears offer him a franchise tag for the 2012 NFL Season. Forte said that if the team offered him the franchise tag without an intention to continue negotiations for a bigger contract, he would potentially be a no-show at training camp:

"I wouldn't say holdout, but people probably wouldn't know where I was," said Forte...

The former Tulane running back has been Chicago's top running back for the last four years since entering the league as the Bears' 2nd round draft pick in 2008 -- and has been seeking an extension all season, publicly stating his displeasure along the way.

The Bears offered Forte an extension before the season, reportedly worth $13-15 million in guaranteed money, but he declined at the time. Forte was having a career year in 2011 when an ankle injury made him miss the team's final four games -- a fact that did not bother the 4th-year pro:

"A lot of people said do I regret turning down the money and then playing and getting injured, I would say no, because I'm not going to let anyone undervalue me as a player," Forte said. "I know what type of value I have to the team and the offense. And I'm not going to just accept a deal because that's what their offer was and they're not going to budge..."

In Forte's absence, the team received strong performances from the young duo of RB Kahlil Bell (4.3 yards per carry on 79 attempts in 2011) and practice squad call-up RB Armando Allen, presumably giving the Bears extra leverage in the on-going negotiations.

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