Bears, former Tulane star Matt Forte agree to four-year deal

Bears, former Tulane star Matt Forte agree to four-year deal

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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) breaks away from a tackle by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar during the second half of an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. The Saints won 30-13. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

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Posted on July 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Andrew Seligman / The Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears say they have agreed to a four-year contract with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.

The sides had a Monday deadline to reach a deal. Otherwise, Forte would have had to play next season for $7.74 million after being hit with the franchise player tag or hold out.

The Bears did not release the financial terms, and agent Adisa Bakari did not return calls seeking comment. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source, reported the deal is worth $32 million with more than $18 million guaranteed.

The agreement settles the biggest issue hanging over the team. The Bears will have all their key pieces in place when training camp starts next week.

Slidell prepped at Slidell High School and played college football at Tulane.
 

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