Jensen also notes that this contract will have less guaranteed money than RB Arian Foster‘s contract, and RB LeSean McCoy‘s new deals. However, as Jenson mentions it’s because Forte’s new deal is a four-year contract and not a six-year contract like Foster’s and a five-year McCoy’s.
The situation between Forte and the Bears has improved as the Monday deadline approaches for players designated with the franchise tag to sign a long-term deal.
It seemed earlier in the offseason that Forte would not have a long-term contract in place before the deadline, now the situation has changed and Forte and the Bears should reach an agreement before the deadline.
“There are still issues to hash out regarding the average per year on the deal over the first three years, and how it could compare to say Marshawn Lynch’s new deal, but there has been movement on what the deal might look like over five years.”