Matt Forte Agrees To Four-Year, $32 Million Contract Extension With Chicago Bears!
Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears finally agreed to a new contract extension today it was announced. As they agreed to a four-year, $32 million extension that will keep the running back in Chicago for the next four years and ends a year of contentious negotiations between both sides that at many points looked like it wouldn’t end up getting done. Now it’s though and Forte sounded happy for it to be.
“I’m proud to be a Chicago Bear and excited to be here for another four years,” Forte said in a statement released by the team. “I’d like to thank my family, my agent and the Chicago Bears. I’ve been working hard this offseason and am looking forward to joining my teammates at training camp next week. I’m glad the business part is done and we can all turn our attention to football and our goal of winning a championship.”
A four-year veteran, the 26-year-old Forte averaged a career-best 4.9 yards per carry last season, 1,487 yards from scrimmage, that included 997 yards rushing and despite missing four games made his first Pro Bowl. In the process becoming the first Bears running back to be voted to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson in 1991. Forte’s yards from scrimmage led the NFL and his rushing yards where third in the league before his season-ending injury hit too.
Forte ranks sixth in the league with 6,218 yards from scrimmage since entering the league in 2008 and is the only player in NFL history to gain 900 yards rushing and 400 receiving in each of his first four seasons and is easily the Bears most reliable weapon with the numbers he has put up. As with his 4,233 yards from scrimmage in his career, he is also one of only four other Bears to gain at least 4,000 yards from scrimmage. Still the Bears where hesitant at first to reward their star running back the payday he definitely deserved before they finally signed him to a new contract earlier today.
Now that this is finally out of the way, both the Bears and Forte can finally focus on football and trying to finally bring another Lombardi Trophy back here to the city of wind, while the people here in Chicago and all Bears fan will also no longer have to thankfully hear about any contract-saga anymore between the two sides.