The Bears announced Friday evening that they've placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.
The deadline to make the move was Monday afternoon.
Forte's agent, Adisa Bakari, issued a statement.
"It is not a surprise at all," Bakari said. "Matt's a phenomenal running back, whether as a ball carrier or receiver. There are few players who share his skill set."
New Bears general manager Phil Emery also offered a glowing statement of Forte.
"Matt is an important part of our football team and we chose to utilize the franchise tag to ensure he remains a Bear," Emery said. "We believe in Matt as a player and a person. Our intention is to continue to work to find common ground and keep Matt as a member of the Chicago Bears in 2012 and beyond."
The franchise tag for a running back is worth $7.7 million, more than a $7 million raise for Forte from what he made in 2011. But, Forte and Bakari have been pushing for a long-term deal, which would provide him long-term security and provide him more guaranteed money.