Marshawn Lynch, a two-time Pro Bowl running back, has signed a four-year contract reportedly worth $31 million.
The deal includes $18 million in guarantees, according to the website Pro Football Talk. Monday was the deadline for club's to use the franchise tag.
The Seahawks announced the signing Sunday evening.
The agent for Bears Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte certainly took notice. Surely, the Bears did as well.
So how does this contract impact negotiations between the Bears and Forte's agent? It probably helps Forte's agent. If those numbers hold up, that's significant money.
At present, the Bears have committed $7.7 million to Forte for the 2012 season. They have until July 16 to sign him to a long-term deal.