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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, whose public desire for a new agreement was one of the issues confronting GM Jerry Angelo all season, he’s now upbeat that he’ll get a long term offer done, although he did not confirm it was because Angelo was fired.

Forte was at the United Center on Tuesday, watching another junior Chicago star who just confirmed a five-year, $94.8 million extension, lead the Chicago Bulls to a rousing come-from-behind victory. Hours before Derrick Rose’s MVP-caliber discharge, Forte’s crew made headlines by firing Angelo and parting ways with offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterbacks coach Shane Day.

“I’m pretty hopeful even when nothing did happen,” Forte said. “It’s a prolonged offseason, and I was upbeat that we’d get a long-term offer done in the offseason. I believe with the offseason being here we can get anything done.”

Forte sounded less upbeat on Monday, saying he had “no clue” about the prospects of signing a new contract.

“Nobody is talking at this time, so we’ll see,” he announced Monday. Basketball odds

A resource reported the Bears ‘ last offer to Forte contained among $13 and $14 million in guarantees. Angelo stated that it showed the Bears made a real effort to sign the player. Basketball spreads

“Of course he’s going to claim that,” Forte expounded Monday. “The agreement failed to get done essentially. He will say all he would like to say about effort and all that stuff … It did not get done. We shall see what occurs. Now, my agent even told me the longer we wait the harder it may be to do.”

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Bears CEO Ted Phillips claimed during Tuesday’s news conference pronouncing the moves that the company would like Forte to be in the fold “long term,” though he said putting the franchise tag on Forte is optional.

“The Bears as a franchise have plenty of decisions to make right now,” Forte asserted. “I guess we are getting new players in and coaches and managers.

“I’m anticipating hopefully being back with the team and hopefully sign a long term deal.”

Forte announced he was shocked the organization parted ways with Martz, though some of the criticism aimed at Martz targeted on him not running the ball more with Forte.

“I did not see that coming,” Forte announced. “We all liked Coach Martz. He’s a great coach and the offense improved when he’s here.

“I just think like they said they had philosophical variations. Perhaps I suspect some of the fellows wanted him to run the ball a little more or whatever, but he’s going his separate way and we’re going our way.”

As far as Coach Lovie Smith surviving the front-office shakedown, Forte echoed the emotions of Brian Urlacher, who related on Tues. that he didn’t even consider the coach being fired.

“Everybody loves Coach Lovie,” Forte said. “He protects us as players and he actually cares about us, so we like Coach Lovie.”

Forte, who missed the last four games with a knee injury, is expecting to be in good shape enough to play in his first Pro Bowl on Jan. twenty-nine. Urlacher realizes the desire, but he would like his teammate to be healthy as he barters a new agreement.

“It’s his first one,” Urlacher expounded. “You wish to play. It’s a big thing, you get voted in.

“I’d like to see him not play, because I care about his career as a colleague, but at the same time, I see where he is coming from.”

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