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Forte not happy with Bears' "effort" on contract extension

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Forte not happy with Bears' "effort" on contract extension

Back in training camp, running back Matt Forte said that he trusted the Bears to make a long-term contract extension happen for him. General manager Jerry Angelo was public with the Bears commitment to getting that done.

Nearly six months later, with no deal done and the two sides dug in, Forte said he has not seen the effort Angelo said would be there.

Of course hes going to say that, Forte said. And as far as effort, a deal didnt get done. He can say whatever he wants to say about effort and all that stuff, but it didnt get done. So well see what happens.

The Bears have had an offer in front of Forte calling for guaranteed money in excess of 12 million on a multi-year deal. They are not expected to alter that to any significant degree if only because they have a franchise tag available to use, which would pay Forte nearly 8 million but only for one season.

Their feeling is that there is no reason to up an offer that they already believe to be fair. Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams signed a mega-deal worth more than 8 million per season but Forte insisted that was not the framework standard for his contract.

We werent even close to that at the beginning of the season, Forte said. My agent told me the longer we wait, the harder its going to get to do.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.