Matt Forte Contract Dispute: Bears RB Refuses To Discuss Negotiations With Reporters

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte refused to discuss the current contract negotiations between the him and the team on Thursday afternoon, according to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. Forte added that he appreciates the comments of support that his teammates have given in public, but it's unclear whether significant progress is being made.

Back in March, Forte was designated as the Bears' franchise player by the club. The two sides have continued to work out a long-term deal given the running back's public displeasure with being given the franchise tag. If the two sides can't agree to a long-term extension by July 16, Forte is required to play the 2012 season for a $7.74 million salary.

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