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The only real contemporary pick on this list, the case of Matt Forte seems to be a divided one. Is he an elite back because of his ability and what he can do, or is it because the team did not have many other weapons to go to?
There is no doubt Forte has been the focal point of the team's offense since he came into the league in 2008, but he has caused the overrated label. The running back position has been devalued in the NFL due to longevity. The current contract situation has caused the team and fans to really question just how valuable he is and how much the Bears should pay him going forward.
Forte's yards-from-scrimmage production has been very solid in his career. He's averaged 1,555 yards from scrimmage per season. However, his touchdown totals are not as good.
He only has 21 rushing touchdowns in his career. Compare that to 64 from Adrian Peterson over five years, 62 for Maurice Jones-Drew over six years, 38 from Chris Johnson over four years, 24 from Ray Rice over four years and 28 from LeSean McCoy over three years.
Forte is currently on a franchise tag. That means he gets more than a $7 million raise this season. He still wants a long-term contract, but at what price?
Adrian Peterson set the high-end of the market with a seven-year, $100 million contract with $36 million guaranteed. DeAngelo Williams is considered the low-end with a five-year, $43 million deal with $21 million guaranteed. What Forte gets could keep him on this list or take him off.