The Chicago Bears reportedly have agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract extension with pro-bowl running back Matt Forte, per the Chicago Tribune. Forte had until 3p eastern time to either have accept the team’s franchise tag tender, hold out, or agree to an extension with the Bears.
Forte performed at an all-pro level in 2011 before a knee injury cut his seasons short. Forte was among the NFL’s leaders in yards from scrimmage at the time of his injury, having rushed for 997 yards and amassing 490 yards receiving though 12 games. Forte was named to the pro bowl despite missing the final four games of the season.
The Bears drafted Forte in the 2nd round out of Tulane in 2008. For his career, Forte has rushed for 4,233 yards on 1014 carries (4.2 ypg average) and caught 223 passes for 1,985 yards in five seasons. The Bears added veteran RB Michael Bush earlier in the off-season as security and to back up Forte throughout the season.