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Bears Franchise RB Matt Forte

The Chicago Bears have announced they have placed their franchise tag on RB Matt Forte.

It was believed that the Bears would end up going this route considering that they’ve been reportedly far apart in contract negotiations in the past. This supposed to change now that they’ve hired a new GM Phil Emery but the tag will at least buy them some extra time to get a deal done.

Forte is believed to be looking for a deal in the range of $8 million per season and to include over $20 million in guarantees. As of now, Chicago is looking at paying him $7.7 million for 2012.

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