The news between running back Matt Forte and the Bears appears good. The back is showing optimism that he and the team will be able to get a deal done before Monday, making sure that he will get a deal before the deadline for franchised players.
Matt Forte once again has expressed optimism that he and the Bears will come to an agreement on a long-term deal before Monday’s looming deadline for players subjected to the one-year franchise tag that is worth $7.74 million to him. “I’m a very optimistic guy,” Forte said Friday in an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “So going into this weekend, I’m very optimistic that it will get done … saying my prayers and everything.” Though his outlook is positive, neither the Bears nor his agent, Adisa Bakari, have acknowledged the sides are in deep negotiations. Forte has said previously that he didn’t believe the Bears valued him as an elite back with 6,218-career all-purpose yards in 60 games. And he felt “disrespected” when the team signed veteran running back Michael Bush to a four-year, $14 million contract, $7 million of it guaranteed.