CHICAGO (FNN Media) — The Chicago Bears signed former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush on Thursday.
The four-year, $14 million contract guarantees Bush $7 million according to PFT.
Bush earned a reputation as perhaps the best No. 2 running back in the league during his time with the Raiders.
He nearly eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last year (977 yards) subbing for the oft-injured Darren McFadden.
In four seasons, Bush appeared in 61 games with 19 starts. He rushed for 2,642 yards and 21 touchdowns in that stretch–averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
The Bears’ decision to sign the 27-year-old Louisville product has ruffled some feathers.
Matt Forte, who is yet to sign Chicago’s franchise tender offer, blasted the move on Twitter.
“There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected!” he wrote on Twitter. “Guess the GOOD GUYs do finish last.”
Forte’s agent, Adisa Bakari, told the following to ESPN’s Michael Wright: “Since drafting Matt in 2008, the Bears have signed Kevin Jones, Chester Taylor, and Marion Barber, all ostensibly to serve as Matt’s back up. To sign yet another running back, prior to completing a contract w/Matt suggests disregard for Matt and his contributions to the Bears.”