October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first quarter in the NFL International Series game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 24-18. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Bears, Forte Agree On 4-Year, $31.5 Million Deal

The wait is over for Matt Forte and Bears fans alike.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported that the Bears and Forte agreed on a 4-year, $31.5 deal Monday morning, ending any chances of a potential holdout for the star running back.

Forte was originally due to make $7.74 million this season after the Bears placed the franchise tag on him. Despite an injury-shortened 2011 season, Forte still racked up 997 yards on the ground in 12 games. The multi-purpose running back should be pushed even harder this year with the team’s acquisition of Michael Bush in the offseason and the added offensive threat of Brandon Marshall.

Many have questioned for months whether or not the Bears should sign Forte to a long-term deal given his position and recent injury as well. The potential threat of a training camp holdout may have contributed to the team’s decision.

What do you think?  Was Forte’s contract justified? Did the Bears overpay simply to keep him happy?

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  • WayThompson

    If Forte is happy then I am happy.  Why do I think you need to know this?  I live in Packer country and I need the bragging rights of mutiple Bears wins, and especially wins over the Packers.

  • Luke the Duke

    Last month I posted that if Forte wanted a long term deal he’d have to settle for 3-4 yrs at $8 mil per yr. with around $16 guaranteed. Rumor has it that $15 is guaranteed, so that’s almost exactly what he got, I think it’s fair for both parties. Forte is a top 7 back in the NFL, worth more than Lynch but less than Foster or McCoy. This is great news for all the fans, because even I Forte had played under the franchise tag, unhappy players tend to produce less. BEAR DOWN!!