Coach John Fox said he's not opposed to riding Matt Forte as a true workhorse.
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.
Matt Forte said he's not skipping voluntary workouts to create contract leverage.
Matt Forte remains away from Bears voluntary workouts.
Matt Forte suggested on Twitter that he's not planning a long contract dispute.
Matt Forte was not present as the Bears opened their voluntary workouts Monday.
Matt Forte gained 51 yards on 17 carries and caught eight passes for 23 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.
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.
Matt Forte rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Saints.
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.
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.
Matt Forte rushed 23 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns Week 12 against the Buccaneers.
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.
Matt Forte rushed 17 times for 54 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Packers.