Matt Forte still hasn’t heard from Bears about a new contract

Running back Matt Forte has been Chicago's leading rusher for eight years.
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Running back Matt Forte has a contract that’s set to expire next month, and it doesn’t seem like the Chicago Bears are in any rush to re-sign him.

Forte said the Bears still haven’t contacted him to talk about a contract extension.

Via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times:

I haven’t been called yet. so I guess they don’t know what they’re going to do yet.

After eight NFL seasons — all with the Bears — Forte is starting to consider the possibility of finishing his career with a different team. He detailed the factors that will go into his free-agency decision, if it comes to that.

Via the Sun-Times:

The contract is only a small part of it. You gotta consider the team — more specifically the quarterback that’s there. They have a good O-line? I also gotta consider the best place for my family to be.

Forte, 30, has been Chicago’s leading rusher each of the past eight years, but he’s coming off a season in which he recorded a career-low 898 yards on the ground. The Bears may want to move forward with Jeremy Langford, who showed promise as a rookie in 2015.

Even if the Bears are ready to move on, Forte should draw decent interest on the open market. The former second-round draft pick has been consistent, versatile and productive throughout his career — with 8,602 rushing yards, 4,116 receiving yards and 64 total touchdowns since 2008.

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