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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has made it clear that he’s healthy and ready to go after missing most of the 2011 season after suffering a knee injury. He says he’s been able to work out a little harder this offseason because sitting out the remainder of last season helped him to heal quicker.
‘”I’ve been lifting a little harder this offseason and running more,” Forte said, per ESPN.com ”Just because I was able to heal a lot earlier having to sit out the last four games and having that time, and I was able to heal from the other injuries.”
Forte also says that he’s always loved working out in the gym.
“I was always a guy who’s in the gym. I’m a gym rat,” he said. “But I came to work out with them, it was a lot different, a lot harder. So I thought I reached a peak lifting-wise, I didn’t think there’s anything new I could learn, but they taught me a lot of new stuff. It’s going to help me out this year.”
If the Bears want to make a run in the playoffs, they’ll need Forte to remain healthy.
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears and running back Matt Forte should get a new deal done by July 16th.
If a contract is agreed upon by July 16th, I think it would be because of Forte caving in to the Bears’ demands to some degree. He doesn’t have much leverage after stating that he’ll play this season.
If a new contract isn’t agreed upon...
Adam Schefter of ESPN believes running back Matt Forte will sign a contract extension with the Chicago Bears before July 16.
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Matt Forte's stock in mock drafts has taken a little bit of hit with the possibility of holdout looming over him. Adam Schefter had some good news (or good speculation as it were) for Forte owners. The NFL insider thinks the Bears will loosen the purse strings by the July 16th deadline whereby teams can extend players they have slapped with the franchise tag.
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