Matt Forte: Bears coaches told us we played ‘worst half’

For the first thirty minutes, you wondered if the Bears even got off the bus. During Sunday’s home matchup against the rudderless Buccaneers, Chicago went into halftime with a 10-0 deficit and having been severely outgained in total yards, 211-68. Predictably, the team received an earful about their effort — or lack thereof — in…

Matt Forte, Bears agree to four-year contract

With just hours remaining until the franchise deadline, the Bears have finally locked up their Pro Bowl running back. According to Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Sean Jensen, the Bears agreed to terms with Matt Forte on a four-year contract Monday. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal will average about $8 million annually, a big step…

Bears slap Matt Forte with franchise tag

Wrapping up what was so aptly dubbed “Franchise Tag Friday,” the Chicago Bears safeguarded themselves from losing their star running back. According to multiple reports, the Bears placed the franchise tag on Matt Forte, keeping the would-be free agent in the Windy City. It’s an expected move after long-term negotiations stalled, though new GM Phil…

Matt Forte, Bears end contract negotiations

While it seemed imminent that the Bears were about to reward running back Matt Forte with a new contract, that now won’t happen for at least another four months. Appearing on WBBM-AM 780 Chicago on Monday night, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the team and the representatives for Forte have a “mutual understanding” that…

Bears extend contract offer to Matt Forte

One day after the 49ers’ Frank Gore received his long-awaited contract extension, the Bears are about to follow suit with their own star running back. Sources tell Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com that the Bears are very much in the thick of contract negotiations with Matt Forte, and have offered him a deal that includes…