With a base salary of $550,000, Bears running back Matt Forte was easily one of the league's most underpaid players heading into the 2010 season.
Now, he's in contention for an actual award.
Forte is a finalist for the annual "Vizio Top Value Performer" award, along with receiver Laurent Robinson of the Dallas Cowbooys, receiver Victor Cruz of the New York Giants, tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and lilnebacker NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers.
The award recognizes a player whose on-field performance exceeds the value of their contract.
Forte had 997 yards rushing and he caught 52 passes for 490 yards. Before he sprained his knee, thus ending his season, Forte led the league in total yards from scrimmage.
Fans can vote until Jan. 23, at www.VIZIO.com/tvp.
Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson won the award in 2010, and Giants receiver Steve Smith won the award in 2009.