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No matter what his final numbers are, it’s clear the Bears are reliant on Forte. You thought Adrian Peterson ran an offense?
What Matt Forte did against the Carolina Panthers particularly highlighted his role as the key player.
On the season he has 324 yards rushing and 310 receiving. Of the Bears' 1,231 yards of total offense, he has 634—that’s 51.5 percent.
Put one way, more than half the yards the Bears earn on offense belong to Matt Forte.
Put another way: the Bears have 82 rushing attempts and 71 pass completions. Of those, Forte has 60 rushes and 26 receptions. He’s responsible for 73 percent of all rushing attempts and 37 percent of all receptions.
That means he's involved in 56 percent of all rushes and receptions combined.
No matter how you put it, without him the Bears lose significant production.
How much is he worth?
Chicago's payroll stands at almost $104.9 million.
51.5 percent of that is $54 million.
Forte makes $550,000.
By contrast, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson have set the gold standard for running back pay.
Peterson received $100 million over seven years from Minnesota; $36 million guaranteed.
Johnson received $13.4 million per year for four years from Tennessee; $30 million guaranteed.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo has reportedly not been willing to go past $13-14 million in guarantees.
And as Chicago Bears beat writer Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times has pointed out, it is remarkable (or, almost criminal) Angelo has handed $13.1 million guaranteed to Forte’s backup, Chester Taylor, and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.