Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Bears GM Ryan Pace will consider all options when it comes to improving his team for the long-term.
According to Rapoport, this includes trading long-time RB Matt Forte if the right offer came about.
A rival general manager described the Bears’ situation as: “They basically say, ‘Don’t be afraid to ask.’”
Other teams around the league believe the Bears tried to trade Forte during the NFL Draft, but a source tells Rapoport that those conversations never happened.
Jason La Canfora confirms that the Bears are willing deal Forte, but adds that the price is “steep for now.”
“They’re not just going to give him away,” La Canfora’s source said. “There has to be value in the trade. It won’t just be a salary dump.”
Forte, 29, is in the final year of his four-year, $30.4 million contract that included $13.8 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $6.65 million before testing the open market next year.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Forte would free up $8,200,000 in available cap space while creating $1 million in dead money.
This season, Forte has appeared in all three games and ran for 276 yards on 59 carries (4.7 YPC) to go along with nine receptions for 69 yards receiving and a touchdown.