Jay Cutler doesn't believe Matt Forte will miss time in camp

Jay Cutler is confident Matt Forte will be in training camp on time with the Chicago Bears even if the running back doesn’t get the long-term deal he is seeking.

Forte has missed the entire voluntary offseason workout program as he stays away in hopes of landing a multi-year contract. The Bears have placed the franchise tag on Forte, the first time they have used that mechanism since placing it on linebacker Lance Briggs in 2007.

I would be shocked if he doesn't sign his tender by July 15, or whenever it is, and he shows up. It would really be a surprise to me (if Forte misses time in training camp),” Cutler said Friday during an appearance on the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on WMVP-AM 1000. “At the end of the day, I think Matt knows it's business. He's still getting seven-whatever-million dollars to play this year. So he's gonna show up.”

The franchise tag will pay Forte $7.7 million this season, and the deadline for players with the tag to sign multi-year contracts is July 16. The Bears report to training camp nine days later. It will be interesting to see how Forte’s situation unfolds. Right now, there is no sign a deal will be made in the next five weeks or so.

“I think he's gonna be fine," Cutler said of Forte. "I don't know what's going (on) up in the front office. I'd be surprised if he didn't sign the tender, didn't show up ready to go to work."

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