Matt Forte ready to be paid by Bears

The Chicago Bears have held general talks about a contract extension for running back Matt Forte, tossing it around before the NFL’s lockout began.

Now that the league is on the verge of re-opening for business, it will become an issue for the club again as they try to work out a deal to secure the running back who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Forte has ranked fifth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 4,731 since he was a second-round draft pick from Tulane in 2008. Walter Payton is the only other player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards receiving in the same season. And now, Forte would like to be rewarded.

“Any time a player has been producing very well,'' Forte told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, "they're going to come back and say, 'Hey, throw me a bone here.' "

Something needs to be done. His backup Chester Taylor earned $7 million last season. Forte and his agent Adisa Bakari have been pro-active and are hopeful something works out soon.

I think we're going about it the right way,'' he said. "My agent, Adisa Bakari, talked to Jerry Angelo and Cliff Stein last season, just letting them know that we've been producing.

"And now that it's close to training camp, we don't have much time to negotiate.''

Forte pledged he will not be a holdout. We’ll see if the sides can find a number that works for both parties.

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