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Matt Forte Contract: Reports Say Bears Have Made 'Strong Offer' To Forte. Is It A New Offer?

The contract dispute between the Chicago Bears and Matt Forte took another turn last week when Forte showed his displeasure with Chicago inking running back Michael Bush before working out a new deal with the incumbent starter. Monday evening, both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times reported the Bears had a made a "strong offer" to Forte. But is it a new offer, or same deal Forte has been rejecting all along?

Here's what the Sun-Times says:

Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips told the Sun-Times Monday evening that the club has made Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte a "strong offer" and that they're hopeful he'll accept it.

"I think not only do we appreciate him and have told him so, but I think the offer we've made him shows that, too. Now, different people can disagree on the ultimate value," Phillips said. "But we feel we've made a strong offer to him, and are still hopeful he accepts it."

Here's what the Trib says:

Phillips said general manager Phil Emery and team negotiator Cliff Stein have had contract discussions with Forte agent Adisa Bakari and there is a long-term contract on the table. Phillips said Forte has been given a "very strong offer," which is reflective of Forte's value as one of the NFL's top running backs.

Again, there's no way of knowing if the Bears have increased their offer.

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