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Matt Forte: Bears don’t think I’m elite

Chicago Bears v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs past Patrick Robinson #21 of the New Orleans Saints and Isa Abdul-Quddus #42 of the New Orleans Saints ofthe NEw Orleans Saints during the game against at the Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Bears running back Matt Forte remains unhappy with his contract, and he’s starting to take the lack of an extension personally.

Obviously someone doesn’t believe I’m an elite running back,” Forte said, per John Mullin of

Forte doesn’t say who that “someone” is, but he’s presumably referring to Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo, who was reportedly offering much less than Forte wanted before the team and Forte cut off contract talks at the start of the season.

Forte has put up big numbers this season: He’s second in the league through two games with 334 yards from scrimmage. But 207 of those yards have come through the passing game, and Forte may also be wondering if Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz doesn’t view him as elite: In Sunday’s loss to the Saints, Martz pretty much forgot about Forte.

Forte would love to be a workhorse, and to get paid like a workhorse.

“I’d like to get paid off of the production,” Forte said. “When you look at the production and what level that’s on and you look at some of the guys who are producing and what they get paid, it’s not that hard.”