by Carlos Nazario
Sources at ESPNChicago.com are reporting that the Bears have made an offer to running back Matt Forte. It is not known what the total is, but the guaranteed money would be up to about $15 million.
Recently, the Kansas City Chiefs and Jamaal Charles agreed to a $32 million ($10 million guaranteed), and the San Francisco 49ers agreed with Frank Gore on a $21 million ($13.5 million guaranteed). Seeing that Forte has more yards and more touchdowns than both, it is a given that the Bears would offer Forte more. In fact, since he came into the league in 2008, Forte ranks fifth in the league in yards from scrimmage.
General manager Jerry Angelo agreed with Forte that he is underpaid. He said earlier in training camp that the team wanted “to do the right thing by Matt,” but “at some point we have to draw a line in the sand, and now just focus on the season.” Perhaps this is a contract offer that would mark that line, and Forte would be smart to take it or risk a huge distraction during the season.