Forte's clearly important to the Bears, he gets an escort when he's walking off the field! ... Waitaminute...
You all know the statistics Matt Forte's put up over the last four years, and you all know he played last season until his injury while making a measly 600K. So, we're not going to be spending too much time on that.
But, after negotiating through preseason and eventually breaking down talks, the Bears and Forte will revisit their contract negotiations this weekend. Forte played through the season to prove to the Bears how much he means to the offense, so we'll see just how much that paid off.
I don't really think Forte hurt himself financially too badly by getting injured against the Chiefs - he may have lost a little bit due to Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell putting up somewhat decent numbers in his absence, but neither player will exactly be confused for Forte, and Forte was actually building very nicely off his 2010 campaign, improving from 4.5 yards-per-carry to 4.9 before his injury.
Worst-case scenario, Forte gets hit with the franchise tag, and the Bears pay him a lot of money (about $7.7M) for one year. Best case scenario, the Bears are able to sign him to a decent deal - though it'll take more than the $13-14M guaranteed they offered...
The previous offer to Forte amounted to between $13 and 14 million in guaranteed money, a source told ESPNChicago.com, and talks broke down just before the start of last season, when the 26-year-old running back declined to accept the first and only deal extended by the club.
What do you think will be the resolution here? Will there be a contract, or will he be tagged?