Found February 23, 2012 on Inside the Bears:
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INDIANAPOLIS — Bears coach Lovie Smith said ‘‘it’s a matter of time’’ before the Bears come to terms with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte on a long-term contract. The Bears can apply the franchise tag on Forte if they cannot agree on a long-term contract. After Forte moped his way through the second half of last season, it’s possible that scenario could be more problematic in 2012. But Smith, speaking to reporters at the NFL scouting combine, sounded hopeful the Bears could sign Forte to a long-term contract under new general manager Phil Emery. ‘‘Knowing that Matt is going …
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