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This is it, this weekend is the final three days left that the Bears have to sign Matt Forte to a long-term extension, otherwise they have to wait and hope he reports to camp and starts the season and that they can work something out way down the road. Chris Mortensen tweeted yesterday to a fan's question, saying he thinks the Bears come together for a deal. Now he has way more insider knowledge than any of us so I hope he is right, but I doubt it.
To me, the whole thing is over. Both sides seem ridiculously entrenched in their positions and Forte seems so darn bitter about it. He has pretty much whined so often as to fall out of favor with many Bears fans. A year ago the majority of Bears fans were in the "Pay Da Man" camp, now I think most are to the "Shut Up and Play" area.
With so little time left I think it seems far-fetched to believe a deal is going to get done. Forte has gone on and on about wanting respect and to get his money and blah blah...
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