Matt Forte optimistic about deal

Updated: January 4, 2012, 11:50 PM ET

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, whose public desire for a new contract was one of the challenges facing general manager Jerry Angelo all season, is now optimistic he can get a long-term deal done, although he didn't say it was because Angelo was fired.

Forte was at the United Center on Tuesday night, watching another young Chicago star who just signed a five-year, $94.8 million extension, lead the Chicago Bulls to a thrilling come-from-behind victory. Hours before Derrick Rose's ...

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