As of a couple weeks ago, the Bears and running back Matt Forte were thinking dramatically different numbers in negotiations for a contract extension. We don’t know exactly what Forte’s numbers are, but the Bears are reportedly offering $15 million guaranteed.
That number comes from Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com, who writes that a $15 million guarantee is in the neighborhood of what the Bears are asking Forte to sign up for.
There’s no word on the length of the deal or the total value, so it’s tough to gauge how that offer compares to other recent contracts for running backs. Frank Gore got $13.5 million guaranteed for a three-year deal with the 49ers. Ahmad Bradshaw got $9 million guaranteed for a four-year deal with the Giants. DeAngelo Williams got $21 million guaranteed for a five-year deal with the Panthers.
Forte obviously isn’t going to get DeAngelo Williams money, but the Bears have apparently offered him more than Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw money. So far, Forte hasn’t accepted that.