Forte Wants a New Long Term Deal


Bears running back Matt Forte is looking for a contract extension from the Bears. He had hoped to have one before the start of practice in Bourbonnais, tentatively scheduled for later this week.

“Any time a player has been producing very well,” Forte told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, “they’re going to come back and say, ‘Hey, throw me a bone here.’ ”

“I think we’re going about it the right way,” he said. “My agent, Adisa Bakari, talked to (general manager) Jerry Angelo and Cliff Stein last season, just letting them know that we’ve been producing.

“And now that it’s close to training camp, we don’t have much time to negotiate.”

But would Forte consider holding out?

“It never benefits anybody — a player or organization — to hold out or miss practices,” Forte said. “That’s obviously something I wouldn’t want to do.”

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