First there were questions of whether Matt Forte was worthy of a hefty contract extension. Most felt that he deserved one, but couldn't agree on the price. The two sides settled that discussion when they agreed on a four-year $30.4 million extension.
Now that the dust has cleared and the ink has dried on the deal, it is time to look forward. What kind of player will Forte be now that he has gotten paid? Will he still run hard? Will he continue to be one of the league's elite backs, or should we expect a drop-off?
Forte has shown us the kind of man and player he is, and will continue his production throughout this season. Here are five reasons why he will live up to his contract extension.