Forte had previously been looking for $20 million guaranteed, but the team was offering only $15 million.
The $18 million averages out to $4.5 million per year. By comparison, in the MLB -- where all contracts are guaranteed -- Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain makes $4.5 million annually on his three-year contract. Though Forte now ranks among the better-paid running backs in the league, his salary still does not necessarily equate with other pro athletes.
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