Forte is making steady progress in his quest for a new contract. The Chicago Bears running back is "extremely close" to a long-term deal with the team, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported Saturday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. Reported by NFL.com
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Forte said Friday he planned to spend this weekend on phone with Chicago's front office. Forte has yet to sign his one-year, $7.749 million franchise tender. Despite his long-standing unhappiness with Chicago's front office, Forte has said repeatedly he didn't plan to miss any games this season. ... Stay tuned. More as developments warrant.