After acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall via trade with the Miami Dolphins, the Chicago Bears were thought to have brought in the final piece to the championship puzzle in the Windy City. With Marshall paired with superstar quarterback Jay Cutler once again, the offense would be firing on all cylinders with a solid attack through the air and on the ground.
Unfortunately, the Bears had yet to agree to terms with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte on a contract extension. Forte became increasingly disgruntled with the Bears’ front office as he believed he deserved a lucrative extension with some long-term security.
Even though it appeared that Forte may ultimately force his way out of Chicago with the Bears reluctant to sign the up-and-coming running back to a new deal, things have changed in the Windy City with the Bears finally caving in and agreeing to sign Forte to a four-year deal.
Reportedly, the two sides have agreed upon a contract extension in the neighborhood of $32 million over the next four seasons. This new deal came just before the deadline on Monday and may have boosted the Bears’ chances of competing for a Super Bowl title in the next half decade or so.
Now that the offense is about as secure as it can get with Cutler, Marshall and Forte in the mix, the Bears will almost certainly be a forced to be reckoned with in the NFC Conference. Obviously, playing in the same division as the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, the Bears will have their work cut out for them, but they have a solid chance to come out on top with the moves they’ve made in the NFL off-season.
It’ll be interesting to see just how good the Bears are next season with the team stacked offensively.
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