Ray Rice and Matt Forte have obtained the long term deals they have been dreaming about since the beginning of the year. According to the teams’ press releases, Rice signed a five-year deal with the Ravens, whereas Forte will play for Bears in the following four years, says the Associated Press.
The Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears have both understood that Ray Rice and, respectively, Matt Forte, played a significant part in the successful games they had. The two NFL stars were rewarded for their efforts with two long term deals. Thus, Ray Rice was offered $40 million to continue to play for the Ravens in the next five years. Forte, on the other hand, managed to sign a $32 million contract with the Bears for the following four years.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told the press that Rice is one of the best players in his team helping Baltimore get their second AFC title during the four pro seasons he has taken part in. He scored his second Pro Bowl thanks to his 2,068 yards from scrimmage. Newsome further added that Rice did not impose himself only on the field, but also in the locker room as he is one of the most respected players.
Matt Forte is just as good as Rice. The Chicago team decided to keep him thanks to his 1,487 yards from scrimmage which also led him to his first Pro Bowl. Analysts think Forte would have registered the same results as Rice if he hadn’t been sick for almost a year.
Matt released a statement on Monday to announce his new deal with the Bears and to express his opinion about the future collaboration with Chicago. He confessed that he was glad he was chosen to be a part of the Chicago team in the next four years. He concluded by saying that he will now focus on improving his game and winning the championship.