He said via Twitter earlier this month that no one should read too much into his absence from the start of the Bears’ offseason strength and conditioning program. But on Tuesday running back Matt Forte elected to pass on the team’s voluntary minicamp opening.

Forte missed some offseason time, including a mandatory minicamp, in 2012 when the Bears had placed their franchise tag on him. He and the Bears agreed to a four-year pact that runs through the end of the 2015 season and pays Forte a base of $7.05 million plus a $1.05 million roster bonus.

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“I know his production in his career and his personality has been outstanding here with the Bears,” new Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase said on Tuesday. “And I know this staff is really anxious to get him back in the building.

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“Since entering the NFL, Matt Forte, since 2008, has had more yards from the line of scrimmage than any player in the NFL. When you’re coming from the AFC, you lose track of guys. When you go to the NFC, you see them once every four years. Coming to this organization and seeing what this guy has done over his career is amazing.”