Matt Forte will be carrying the ball and the Bears' flag for at least the next four years. Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Forte signs four-year deal with Bears

Matt Forte just this afternoon went from a dissatisfied running back to a player who now fits nicely into the Chicago Bears‘ long-term plans.

It was announced around the noon hour today, Monday, July 16, that Forte and the Bears agreed on a four-year, $32 million contract.

According to,’s Chicago Bears blog site, Adam Schefter first reported the details this morning, ending all speculation that Forte would hold out.

Here’s what Tooch over at Bear Goggles had to say on the signing:

Forte was originally due to make $7.74 million this season after the Bears placed the franchise tag on him. Despite an injury-shortened 2011 season, Forte still racked up 997 yards on the ground in 12 games. The multi-purpose running back should be pushed even harder this year with the team’s acquisition of Michael Bush in the offseason and the added offensive threat of Brandon Marshall.

Many have questioned for months whether or not the Bears should sign Forte to a long-term deal given his position and recent injury as well. The potential threat of a training camp holdout may have contributed to the team’s decision.

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