Matt Forte Contract Update: Bears RB Gets $18 Million Guaranteed, Wanted $20 Million

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the new, four-year contract tendered to RB Matt Forte comes with $18 million guaranteed:

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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