“Market value, that’s basically what I’m talking about,” Forte said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “There have been a lot of running backs that have been in my position that have signed, LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster. There’s an area that we need to deal from, and we all know what that area is. It’s just a matter of doing it.”
The Eagles signed McCoy to six-year deal worth $45.615 million which included $20.765 million guaranteed. Foster received a similar contract that was worth $43.5 million over the course of five years and includes $20.75 million guaranteed.
While I’m sure that this is the type of contract that Forte’s looking for, I doubt that the Bears will be willing to match either contract. Chicago has reportedly been reluctant to come offer $20 million guaranteed and by the end of the season, Forte will be 27 which will have an impact on the total value of his contract. Chicago has more leverage the Forte does right now, but a holdout that lasts into the season could change that.
“Last year we were worlds apart, but it’s gotten better,” said Forte.
This is at the very least an encouraging sign that a deal could be done in time for Forte to participate in training camp. The deadline to complete a deal is July 16th, which is only a few weeks away, but certainly enough time if both parties are motivated to get something done.