Report: Bears place franchise tag on RB Matt Forte

Saturday March 3rd, 2012

The Chicago Bears have named running back Matt Forte as their franchise player, according to The sides continue to work towards a new contract.

The sides can continue negotiating until mid-July, according to the report. Given the tag, though, Forte will make a base salary of $7.7 million.

Forte rushed for 997 yards last season with three touchdowns.

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