If they franchise Forte this year, and next year, it's going to cost the Bears ~$17 mil. So, wouldn't it make financial sense to lock him up in a multi-year contract that only gives him $18 mil in guarantees? If the Bears only get this year and next out of him, they really don't lose much money. But if he DOES have more left in the tank, we get his services at a very fair price. It just seems to make sense for the Bears to do this. Not to "reward" Forte, but to get the most bang for the buck. Yes, they could simply draft another RB next year, but we have SO many needs right now, it would be nice not to have to add RB to the list for draft day.