Chicago Bears re-sign Matt Forte to four-year contract
However, a week back, Matt Forte appeared optimistic about sorting-out the contract issue before training camp, and Monday’s four-year contract by the Chicago Bears proved the player’s insight into the matter was more than accurate.
It is believed that the Chicago Bears offered Matt Forte a five-year contract at the start of 2011, with 15 million guaranteed and that sum kept rising in further negotiations until it reached a four-year contract reportedly worth $32 million with 18 million guaranteed. The Chicago Bears and Matt Forte arrived at a mutual agreement on the contract with just a few hours to the deadline on Monday. That saved Matt Forte from the trouble of having to decide between taking the Chicago Bears’ $5.549 million franchise tender or sitting out the 2012 season, if they had not settled on a contract until the deadline.
"We're very pleased we were able to come to terms on a four-year extension with Matt," said Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery. "We're excited to get him on the field and continue working towards our goal of winning a championship."
Matt Forte himself was excited to be able to return his focus on-field and to join his teammates at training camp on July 26.
"I'm proud to be a Chicago Bear and excited to be here for another four years,” declared Matt Forte in a team issued statement. "I've been working hard this offseason and am looking forward to joining my teammates at training camp next week."
The Chicago Bears have seen come major transformations in their game play this offseason with a new offensive system installed by team offensive coordinator Mike Trice. Additionally, a promising defensive lineup after the acquirement of a few new pieces has Matt Forte all warmed-up for a championship run.
We can all turn our attention to…winning a championship,” said Matt Forte following the good news on his contract extension.
Matt Forte was a must have feature for the Chicago Bulls owing to his impact in dept. Mate Forte is amongst one of the four Chicago Bears’ players who a career-total of having rushed for at least 4,000 yards and above 1,500 receiving yards. The 2011 season began with another promising lead in NFL for the yards from scrimmage, with Matt Forte averaging a 4.9 yards per carry and boasting 1,487 yards from the scrimmage line until he thrown off-course with an injury to the medial collateral ligament due to a hit from Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson.
Although Matt Forte missed a Pro-Bowl title, he still took the third spot in the league for averaging 123.9 yards per game from the line of scrimmage.