Report: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears extremely close to long-term deal
July 14, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Chicago Bears and running back Matt Forte are “extremely close” on agreeing to a long-term contract extension that would take the franchise-tag label off Forte, NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi reported Saturday.
A long-term contract would put an end to a long, back-and-forth war of words between Forte and the Bears this offseason. Forte has been seeking a long-term deal since the Bears slapped the franchise tag on him, and he has yet to sign the one-year franchise tender the Bears have offered.
The Bears and Forte have until Monday at 4 p.m. ET to work out a long-term contract.
On Friday, Forte said he was still hopeful of agreeing to a new deal with the Bears.