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Forte Could Be In Line For a Big Pay Raise for 2011

Running back Matt Forte is entering the final year of his rookie deal and could be a priority for the Bears to extend according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. They almost have to after Forte earned $470,000 in 2010 and Chester Taylor collected $7 million of the $12.5 million in his four-year contract. Taylor will earn $1.25 million in 2011 while Forte, who earned a one-time incentive of $528,167 after his 2008 rookie season, is on the books for only $555,000.

Forte finished with an average of 4.5 yards per carry, the franchise’s best from a back with 200 carries since Neal Anderson in 1989. He joined Walter Payton as the only back in Bears’ history to have multiple seasons with 1,600 yards from scrimmage

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