With the franchise-tag deadline in the NFL only hours away, the Chicago Bears have agreed to a long-term contract with running back Matt Forte according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. While there is no doubt that Forte deserved the increase in his pay, this isn’t the best of news for the Green Bay Packers.
The Bears were already looking like a major threat in the NFC North thanks to a solid offseason that brought in Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush. However, with Forte as a potential holdout candidate due to his displeasure about not getting a new deal, the Bears’ offense didn’t seem as potent without a weapon like Forte who can make plays in a number of ways on the field.
Now that hope of the Bears being less dynamic on offense is shattered with the signing of Forte. With Jay Cutler, Forte, Bush and Marshall, along with a number of other potentially dynamic players on offense, the Bears have to be considered one of the premier offensive teams in the league.
Of course, they won’t be nearly as dangerous as the Packers on offense, but they could certainly leap over the Detroit Lions as the second best offensive unit in the NFC North. With the defense still filled with game-changing players, the Bears have now become as balanced and talented as any team in the NFL.
While Green Bay is still the favorite to win the division, the gap between Chicago and the Packers just got quite a bit closer thanks to this new deal.Follow @MatthewJStein