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Source: Forte Pondering Holdout?

Forte Is Also Due For A Trip To Hawaii

Bears running back Matt Forte is eyeing a long-term contract extension before the start of training camp.

Training camp begins Friday.

According to a league source, Forte is considering not showing up tomorrow for the beginning of camp at Bourbonnais.

It’s no surprise Forte desires a new deal:

“It would be nice [to get an extension done],” Forte told ESPNChicago.com from the Super Bowl earlier this year. “”It’s always nice to have something like that happen. It’s really up to my agent [Adisa Bakari] and the Bears to negotiate it. I just want to stay informed with what they’re talking about. I love playing for the Bears, and I think it’s a great organization. I just want to continue to succeed and play well for them.”

Forte is scheduled to make $550,000 in base salary in the final year of his rookie contract.  Simply put, he’s outplayed his earnings.

Last season the Tulane product became the first player in Bears history to gain at least 1,400 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three seasons.

Behind Jay and Julius, #22 is the most important player on the team.  Reward him now.  It’s too easy.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. rick Myers

    July 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Please pay him!! He’s also a great receiver!!

  2. Russ Loede

    July 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Very rarely do you see him drop a pass. Excellent after the catch.

  3. BearDownNLV

    July 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Simply put….PAY HIM!!! The last thing we want to see is Forte in Green Bay

  4. Russ Loede

    July 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

    No, but what we do want to see is: Cullen Jenkins in Chicago, or even James Jones.

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