March 27, 2012 12:00 AM
The Bears and Forte have been negotiating a new contract for the four-year running back for more than a year. Both sides have been unable to agree on a long-term contract, causing the Bears to place the franchise tag on Forte for the 2012 season.
Still, Bears CEO Ted Phillips told the Chicago Sun-Times they believe the offer on the table is fair.
“I think not only do we appreciate him and have told him so, but I think the offer we’ve made him shows that, too,” Phillips told the newspaper. “Now, different people can disagree on the ultimate value "
Click here to read the whole article
Sunday, April 15, 2012 by ESPN
Brees, Forte and Rice have refused to sign their franchise tenders and play under one-year contracts. Forte completed his rookie contract and would be set to make $7.742 million as the Bears' franchise player, a significant increase from his 2011 ...Read more
Monday, April 16, 2012 by ESPN (blog)
Briggs had two choices when the Bears rejected his request. He could flip out and make himself into a yearlong distraction. Or he could buckle down and provide the Bears one more illustration of why he is a player worthy of further investment.Read more
Monday, April 16, 2012 by Chicago Tribune
As expected, one running back was absent when the Chicago Bears started their voluntary offseason workout program Monday: Matt Forte, who is not under contract, did not attend. But another running back, whom the club has not seen in some time, ...Read more
Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Rockford Register Star (blog)
By Matt Trowbridge I was glad to see the Chicago Bears extend Lance Briggs' contract for one year. While I'd also like to see them sign Matt Forte to a multi-year contract, their current "insult" of putting the franchise tag on Forte means they will, ...Read more