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Report: Bears agree to long-term deal with Matt Forte

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We have our first deal of deadline day.

The Bears have agreed to a long-term contract with running back Matt Forte, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Forte had held off signing his $7.7 million tender, and had stayed away from offseason workouts with the Bears.

He makes the 10th of this year’s 21 franchise-tagged players to reach terms on a long-term deal. Teams have until 4 p.m. today to do such deals.

Stay tuned for more on this one, and the rest of them, throughout the day.

UPDATE 12:52 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it’s a four-year deal that averages $8 million per year.

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31 Responses to “Report: Bears agree to long-term deal with Matt Forte”
  1. bearsman says: Jul 16, 2012 12:51 PM

    About damn time! Gonna be a good year for the Bears if we can stay healthy.

  2. kansacity88 says: Jul 16, 2012 12:51 PM

    Alright!! The Bears did something right!!!!!

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 16, 2012 12:52 PM

    This whole ordeal brings to mind those sage words by the incomparable song writer Joe Esposito..

    Try to be best
    ‘Cause you’re only a man
    And a man’s gotta learn to take it

    Try to believe
    Though the going gets rough
    That you gotta hang tough to make it

    History repeats itself
    Try and you’ll succeed

    Never doubt that you’re the one
    And you can have your dreams!

    You’re the best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own

    Fight ‘til the end
    Cause your life will depend
    On the strength that you have inside you

    Ah you gotta be proud
    starin’ out in the cloud
    When the odds in the game defy you

    Try your best to win them all
    and one day time will tell
    when you’re the one that’s standing there
    you’ll reach the final bell!

    You’re the best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ho-how-ho-own


    You’re the best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own

    Fight ‘til you drop
    never stop
    can’t give up
    Til you reach the top (FIGHT!)
    you’re the best in town (FIGHT!)
    Listen to that sound
    A little bit of all you got
    Can never bring you down

    You’re the best!
    Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
    You’re the Best!

  4. blackandbluedivision says: Jul 16, 2012 12:54 PM


    (Google the Drake song)

  5. undraftedstar says: Jul 16, 2012 12:55 PM

    Earlier this year I thought he would’ve go to the Packers.

  6. dexterismyhero says: Jul 16, 2012 12:55 PM

    Good for Forte………………..Now get to camp….

  7. bearsman23 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:01 PM

    Wont get too excited because that never seems to work out for us Bear fans but marshall cutler forte and bush are gonna lead a exciting offense this year.

  8. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 16, 2012 1:06 PM

    As a huge Lions fan, I have to say that in my opinion, he IS the Bears offense and is well worth signing long term. Sucks for us opponents, because Forte is a beast.

  9. raideryan88 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    Thats a good backfield with bush and forte.

  10. vikesorgtfo says: Jul 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    The Bears offense is virtually nothing without Forte, they definitely made the right move here. That guy works perfectly in their offense… and this is coming from a Vikings fan.

  11. Broncofanatic7 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:13 PM

    Not a Bears fan… But I have to say, Forte handled this whole contract thing better than most guys you hear about today. He went, out there, did his job, risked injury, which indeed happened. But at the end of the day still got this contract he was looking for. Congratulations, Forte!

  12. florida727 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:17 PM

    Shocked. Happy, but shocked. Never thought the organization would spend the money.

  13. nickswearsky says: Jul 16, 2012 1:22 PM

    Forte + Bush = Best 1-2 RB combination in the NFL. The Bears are going to be very good this year!

  14. somekat says: Jul 16, 2012 1:27 PM

    If it’s 4 years, 32 million, I’d say it’s agood deal for both sides (assuming the bonuses aren’t ridiculous either way). Forte gets paid, Bears aren’t hamstrung too long if he gets hurt/breaks down

  15. fnc111 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:31 PM

    Exactly, everything that can go wrong does when it comes to the Bears. GB and Detroit will be 1-2 in the division this season. Cutler seemed to cut down on the turnovers last year but with no offensive line I say 7-9 record wise. Hoping to be wrong though…

  16. ottomanismydog says: Jul 16, 2012 1:38 PM

    Good for Forte – Bad for Ray Rice.

  17. sprtsfan1 says: Jul 16, 2012 1:51 PM

    This is awesome. Shouldn’t have any hold outs for camp. Gonna be a fun year. Can’t wait to see how we match up against the Pack this year. The Lions…. Ha! Obviously the second game lady year showed how much we need to worry about the Lions. This year, the correct two teams out of the NFC North will make the playoffs.

  18. monsterofyourgirlsmidway says: Jul 16, 2012 1:53 PM

    @kansacity88… theyve been making a lot of “right” moves this year. even if forte didn’t sign longterm (which I’m glad he did), they still wouldve been ok with Michael Bush as the starter.

  19. purpleguy says: Jul 16, 2012 1:53 PM

    He’s a great player and a class guy — good for him.

  20. trollhammer20 says: Jul 16, 2012 2:04 PM

    That’s right in the area of Marshawn Lynch money. Lynch signed for four years, $31 million.

  21. southbear79 says: Jul 16, 2012 2:15 PM

    Happy to see this! Very happy for Matt and it shows that Phil Emery is going to operate a little differntly than past management.

    Congrats to the BEARS and looking forward to the season.

  22. bearsman says: Jul 16, 2012 2:18 PM

    To say forte was the offense must be coming from people who didn’t watch or aren’t bears fans. When Cutler went down forte did nothing in the Raiders game. Cutler was the facing defensive players in his far all game and still making plays. Defensive coaches had to plan aroun Cutler more then Forte. Forte is a very important part if the offense too.

  23. sprtsfan1 says: Jul 16, 2012 2:43 PM

    No holdouts for training camp. Outstanding! Now as long as we stay healthy the division will come down to the Bears and the Pack. Very interested to see how the Bears measure up to the Pack this year. Should be a fun battle down to the end for these two teams.

  24. macadamia2010 says: Jul 16, 2012 2:46 PM

    Get the Ray Rice deal done NOW!

  25. max20characters says: Jul 16, 2012 3:14 PM

    It’s obvious both Forte and Rice were going get done. Rice deserves slightly more than Forte though. 4yr40mill?

  26. lilmiddle78 says: Jul 16, 2012 3:27 PM

    We all knew that these would be the figures of the deal as soon as shady McCoy got his deal a couple months ago!! Only question was if Forte would get 5 years or settle for 4.. I LOVE that The deal got done and I LOVE that Forte got his well deserved pay day, I just hate that they insisted on waiting it out till the last second!!

    Congrats #22!! Let the highlight reel continue!!

  27. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    Forte is more versatile (he is in on passing downs)and can do more with the ball than Adrian Peterson. It appears he signed for only Adrian Peterson money.

    Good deal for the Bears.

  28. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jul 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. I wouldn’t have given him anymore that 5mil/year. He is an average running back that can catch. Suckers!!!

  29. chi01town says: Jul 16, 2012 4:19 PM

    The Bears just won the north an a home playoff game cause the packers has been exposed by the Giants an the Detroit pot heads will be suspended half the season an in court the other half.. Its Chicago’s time

  30. lennykoggins says: Jul 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    I think the most important aspect of this deal is that the front office is doing the right thing. Forte has been solid so far, he played hurt, at at times was more than 50% of the Bears total offense. More important than the money was showing some respect for what Forte has done and what he will continue to do for this team. Hopefully Forte is satisfied and can just keep focused on football and doesn’t get all Lance Briggs about it.

  31. catchhester23 says: Jul 17, 2012 2:09 AM

    Good for forte. Looks like cutler was right after all. Remember all the bashing on him for saying he be shocked if forte wasn’t there for training camp.

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