Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/25/12

Arriving at Bears training camp today, which officially opens tomorrow, running back Matt Forte addressed the media and talked for the first time publicly and in person about his contract dispute with the Bears and how relieved he is that it saw resolution that both sides can be happy about. 

“It wasn’t really difficult. I played last year during the contract situation. I was prepared to do it again if I had to, if it came down to that. It wasn’t really that difficult, but it is relieving to not have to worry about that now and just go and play football.”

Forte signed his deal on July 16, which was the deadline date for teams to sign franchised players to a long term deal.

Now that the ordeal is behind him, Forte is ready to focus on the upcoming season and trying to recapture the magic that had some analysts demanding on a weekly basis that the Bears "pay the man". 

And don't think for a minute that Forte's contract dispute meant that he was lounging around in angst. He made an adamant point to let everyone know he is ready to begin camp at full strength and put 2011 in the rear view. 

“I’ve been working out the whole time. It’s not like I’ve been sitting on the couch watching everybody on TV. It’s the same exact running game as last year, maybe a few different nuances. The main thing is to get in tune with the passing game and the protections. That won’t take a whole lot of time to get used to, so I’m ready for that too.”

The concern with Forte isn't so much that the contract will go to his head, but that he has missed all of the Bears offseason programs up until now. Obviously he's a guy that can come in and pick things up, but some justly have their concerns. Forte again did his best to squash any rumors of jealousy that the Bears added another back (Oakland's Michael Bush) who has experience as a first string carrier. 

“It’s just exciting to look to the left and look to the right and see other guys that can do things with the ball, and the fact that the defense can’t harp on one thing. They can’t just harp on the run, or they can’t just blitz us and think that we don’t have the receivers that can go up and get the ball. So it’s exciting for everybody.”

The Bears open training camp tomorrow. 

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