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Matt Forte | Running Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Tulane
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Forte reported for the start of Bears OTAs on Wednesday.
Forte had already said he had no plans of holding out, even though he would prefer a new contract. While Forte is expected to see far fewer looks as a pass catcher under new OC Adam Gase, he's still expected to be a true workhorse. May 27 - 12:40 PM

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Coach John Fox said he's not opposed to riding Matt Forte as a true workhorse.

Fox has a long history of using a committee at running back, from DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart to Knowshon Moreno/Montee Ball to C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman. The difference in Chicago is that Matt Forte is so far ahead of backups Ka'Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford in terms of talent. Forte won't play 92.3 percent of the snaps like he did last year or even 87.9 like he did in 2013, but a season in the range of 280-310 total touches is a fair projection.
May 11 - 11:17 AM

Appearing on Chicago radio Thursday, Matt Forte confirmed he wants a contract extension from the Bears, but acknowledged he lacks "final say" in negotiations and has no plans to hold out.

Forte "promised to be back with the team soon," even with rookie GM Ryan Pace unlikely to meet his contract wishes. "I told (Pace) I wouldn’t hold any grudges," Forte said. "Everybody says you could hold out and use it as leverage. I’m not that type of dude to do that at this point. If they want to give me a contract extension and have me return as a Chicago Bear and play my entire career here, they can do that. If they don’t, they won’t. It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to hold out."
Apr 30 - 4:44 PM

Matt Forte said he's not skipping voluntary workouts to create contract leverage.

"If the Bears want to give me a contract extension, they will. If they don't, they won't," Forte posted on Instagram. "I'm not there because I'm finishing my third week of rigorous speed training, (which) we do not do at Halas Hall. This was already my plan as of season's end last year." Headed into the final year of his contract — and age-29 campaign — Forte is due a $6.65 million base salary. An extension doesn't appear terribly likely.
Apr 28 - 6:11 PM

Matt Forte remains away from Bears voluntary workouts.

Forte wants an extension as he enters the final year of the four-year, $30.4 million contract he signed in the summer of 2012. Beat writer Dan Wiederer says the prolific all-purpose back is "definitely willing to have a staring contest." If that's the case, it'll likely get ugly as the Bears won't want to pay top dollar for a running back who turns 30 late this season.
Apr 28 - 12:12 PM

Matt Forte suggested on Twitter that he's not planning a long contract dispute.

Forte, in search of a new contract, did not show up as the Bears opened their voluntary workouts Monday. It's not a great look with the team ushering in a new regime, but it's not a huge deal either. Forte, owed roughly $8.2 million in the final year of his deal, has no leverage anyway. "Relax everybody... It's called voluntary W/O for a reason. I've always been there especially when it counts!" he tweeted Monday night.
Apr 14 - 7:44 AM

Matt Forte was not present as the Bears opened their voluntary workouts Monday.

The new John Fox/Ryan Pace regime already has a sticky situation on their hands. The highly productive Forte is entering the final year of his contract and wants a new deal. The problem is he'll be 30 before the 2015 season is over and is already owed a healthy $8.2 million in total 2015 compensation. Handing out lucrative extensions to running backs at this age is bad business and Pace knows it. The good news for Pace is that he holds all the leverage -- Forte wouldn't dare sit out the season and lose out on that $8.2 million. All he can do is let his displeasure be known by skipping these strength and conditioning sessions. If Forte chooses to skip the mandatory minicamp in June, he'll be subject to fines.
Apr 13 - 7:25 PM

Matt Forte gained 51 yards on 17 carries and caught eight passes for 23 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

With 102 receptions, Forte broke Larry Centers' record (101) for running back catches, which had stood since 1995. On the ground, Forte finished with 1,038 yards on 266 carries (3.90 YPC). He scored ten all-purpose touchdowns. Although his rushing numbers diminished this year, nothing on Forte's tape suggests he's in decline. He is 29 years old, however, and the Bears may need to begin thinking about a running back of the future. Forte will enter his 2015 contract year owed nearly $8 million. He's worth it.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed 19 times for 55 yards and caught six passes for 40 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Lions.

With Jimmy Clausen settling this Bears offense down, Forte finally got the opportunities he deserved. And he was effective, especially considering he was facing the league's No. 2 defense. Forte's touchdown came at the end of the first half on a pretty, lofted throw that led him into the end zone. The Bears wrap up the season at Minnesota next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:22:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

He added two catches for 21 yards. Forte was easily the Bears' best player on Monday night, but coach Marc Trestman didn't give it to him enough, even with Jay Cutler playing horrifyingly bad at quarterback. Forte had no problems picking up handfuls of yards any time he touched the ball. Life won't be easy for Forte in Week 16 against the Lions. On Thanksgiving against Detroit, he managed six yards on five carries with six grabs for 52 yards.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:54:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed 13 times for 26 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's Week 14 loss to the Cowboys, adding eight catches for an additional 74 yards.

He also lost a fumble. Forte now has 126 yards receiving over his past two games compared to just 32 yards rushing. It can scarcely be considered his fault, as the Bears' offensive line isn't getting any push, while coach Marc Trestman has been drawing up amateurish game plans. Forte's ground game should get back on track against the Saints' struggling run defense in Week 15, but even if it doesn't, his receiving prowess will leave him as a high-end RB1.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 11:59:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed five times for six yards in Chicago's Week 13 loss to the Lions, catching 6-of-9 targets for 52 yards.

The Bears didn't even pretend to run the ball against the Lions' fearsome ground defense, dialing up only eight attempts. Forte caught screens and dump-offs, which operated as the Bears' de facto rushing "attack." With 75 percent of the season now in the books, Forte is on pace for 1,971 yards from scrimmage, 104 catches and 11 total touchdowns.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

He added five catches for 23 yards. Forte struggled with the rest of the Bears' offense in the first half, but he had a silky smooth 13-yard touchdown run following a Josh McCown fumble in the third quarter. He added a one-yard scoring plunge later in the third. With five more catches today, Forte is on pace for 105 catches this season.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Matt Forte piled up 117 yards on 26 carries and caught all six of his targets for 58 yards in the Bears' Week 11 win over the Vikings.

Just another day at the office for Forte, who's been a PPR machine all season. His carries were spiked by the Bears' second-half lead, allowing Chicago to salt clock with its rushing attack. Chicago gets another cupcake matchup with the Bucs' defense in Week 12 before a difficult stretch-run schedule.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:37:00 PM

Matt Forte rushed 17 times for 54 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Packers.

Forte couldn't get anything going against the Packers' league-worst run defense, and the Bears were forced to play from behind the entire game. He added just three catches for 27 yards on six targets. It's the first time in the last five weeks that Forte has been held under 100 total yards. Forte has another plus matchup in Week 11 against the Vikings.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 12:23:00 AM