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Matt Forte celebrates scoring a touchdown in London, England.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Matt Forte celebrates scoring a touchdown in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) It’s no secret: it’s time to pay Matt Forte.

The Bears running back rushed for 145 yards on 25 carries and caught two passes for another 38 yards. Through seven games this season, Forte has amassed 1,091 yards from scrimmage. With that, Forte is the first player at any position in seven season to gain at least 1,000 yards through seven games.

Still, Forte is making $550,000 this season in the last season of his rookie contract.

Here are some other notable running back contracts:

Chris Johnson:  9/1/2011: Signed a six-year, $55.26 million contract. The deal contains $30 million guaranteed.

Frank Gore:  8/30/2011: Signed a four-year, $25.9 million contract. The deal contains $13.5 million guaranteed. 2011: $4.9 million, 2012: $2 million (+ $4 million in bonuses), 2013-2014: $3.3 million, 2015: Free Agent

Adrian Peterson:  9/10/2011: Signed a seven-year, $96 million contract. The deal contains $36 million guaranteed, $32 million of which is guaranteed for skill and the other $4 million for injury. Another $4 million is available through escalators. 2011: $8.25 million, 2012: $8 million, 2013: $11.25 million, 2014: $11.75 million, 2015-2017: Under Contract, 2018: Free Agent

DeAngelo Williams:  7/29/2011: Signed a five-year, $43 million contract. The deal contains $21 million guaranteed, including a $16 million signing bonus and $5 million of Williams’ second-year base salary.

Ray Rice:  2011: $555,000, 2012: Free Agent

Maurice Jones-Drew:  4/15/2009: Signed a five-year, $30.95 million contract. The deal contains $17.5 million guaranteed, including a $9 million signing bonus and Jones-Drew’s base salaries in years one and two. Another $1.8 million is available through incentives. 2011: $4.05 million, 2012: $4.45 million, 2013: $4.95 million, 2014: Free Agent

Matt Forte:  Just before the regular season, the Bears’ best offer to running back Matt Forte was believed to be worth about $6 million per year, with $13 to $14 million guaranteed.

Nick Shepkowski from The McNeil and Spiegel Show contributed the research for this report.

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