“Talks between the Chicago Bears and running back Matt Forte have escalated to the point where the team has extended a contract offer worth in the neighborhood of up to $15 million guaranteed,” notes Wright.
“According to NFL sources, the Bears initially used the six-year contract worth $32 million ($10 million guaranteed) signed by Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles as the base line for a potential Forte deal,” Wright adds.
But Frank Gore‘s recent contract could end up impacting Forte’s asking price as he received a three-year, $21 million extension, which includes $13.5 million guarantees. Gore is set to make $4.5 million for the 2011 season so base salary sits at $25.6 million.
Both sides have said that they would like to get a deal done before the start of the NFL season but if there’s no movement in the next few weeks, there’s a good chance that nothing gets done during the season.
Forte could be able to command a better deal than $15 million in guaranteed money if he hits the free agent market. He may not get the $21 million that DeAngelo Williams got but there’s likely to be a number of interested teams.