Matt Forte was drafted in the second round in the 2008 draft. Since then, he has playing like first round talent amassing over 4700 yards in total offense. Out of the 2008 rookie running back class, Forte ranks second to Chris Johnson in combined yards. While the Bears have their franchise quarterback, they also have their franchise running back.
Forte's rookie contract expires at the end of the season and Bears should do everything they can to make sure he stays and make him happy. He is a multi-dimensional back that runs well between the tackles, has receiver skills, can stay in the game in third down situations because of his blocking, he's durable and does not fumble often.
He has proven that he can be relied on as a featured back. Everyone knows the key to the Bears' success is protecting Jay Cutler. While the offensive line has yet to prove that they can protect Cutler consistently, Forte's has been a consistent, reliable and has shown the ability to shoulder the offensive responsibility.
Last season, after receiving criticism for being responsible for getting Cutler battered, Mike Martz called Forte's number more often to take the pressure off his quarterback. It resulted in the Bears finishing the season 7-2 and a NFC North crown.