Bears make Forte talks complicated

August, 1, 2011
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Right now, it's all semantics. And if you're Matt Forte, semantics don't pay the mortgage.

Forte says Bears general manager Jerry Angelo called his potential contract extension a "priority." Angelo used the word "intent." Forte has to hope "protracted" won't work its way into the lexicon.

Forte's agent Adisa Bakari was on campus at the Bears training camp Monday, which Forte took as a positive. And let's hope it is. Though it may still be a bit premature after three seasons to declare Forte a perennial elite back, it is certainly worth avoiding free agency if you're the Bears.

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Melissa Isaacson

Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for, ESPN Chicago and The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.



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