"...League sources said there has been considerable progress between the Bears and Matt Forte as well. There are still issues to hash out regarding the average per year on the deal over the first three years, and how it could compare to say Marshawn Lynch's new deal, but there has been movement on what the deal might look like over five years. While this prognosis looks promising, sources said there is still a stalemate between Baltimore and its star runner, Ray Rice. It would take a major reversal over the weekend to get this kick-started..."
The rest of this article is about other holdouts like Brees, Lynch, Rice etc.
Matt Forte Contract: Bears Making 'Considerable Progress' On 5-Year Deal
Jul 13 9:53a by Steve von Horn
Read More: Marshawn Lynch (RB - SEA), Matt Forte (RB - CHI), Chicago Bears
Contract negotiations between running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears may have seemed contentious and unproductive earlier in the NFL off-season, but there are serious signs that Forte and the Bears are making "considerable progress" on a new five-year deal. Back on July 2, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports characterized talks between the two sides as "fruitless" and called the chances of reaching an extension "weak," but he has drastically changed his tune for his July 12 column.
With the deadline approaching, La Canfora says a five-year deal is taking shape, but the structure of the first three years is still at issue:
La Canfora's new found optimism pairs well with Chris Mortensen's prediction that the Bears and Forte reach a deal before the July 16 deadline.
League sources said there has been considerable progress between the Bears and Matt Forte
as well. There are still issues to hash out regarding the average per year on the deal over the first three years, and how it could compare to say Marshawn Lynch's
new deal, but there has been movement on what the deal might look like over five years.
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Looks like Chris Mortensen and Jason La Canfora are probably the "league sources" for these articles; or the ones that leaked the "league source". But it's good to hear.