The Facts: Forte was a no-show for the Bears' Piccolo awards and voluntary minicamp, which has earned him his fair share of criticism as he awaits a contract extension.
Diehards Line:Forte says he wasn't skipping the awards or minicamp as a means of leveraging a contract extension. He says he is away on a speed training trip that was planned "long before" the offseason schedule was released. "It's time to set the record straight," Forte wrote on his instagram account. "If the Bears want to give me a contract [extension] they will; if they don't they won't. I'm not mad or holding a grudge. I don't operate like that. I'm not there because I'm finishing my third week of rigorous speed training in which we do not do at Halas [Hall]." Stay tuned. We haven't heard the last of this one.