As we've mentioned, Forte could be waiting for a long time. The 26-year-old running back has been absent during Chicago's offseason workouts, but his teammates generally stand behind his quest for a new contract.
Briggs cited his own frustrations with the Bears organization when he struggled to land a long-term deal in 2007. He offered the following advice to Forte: "Do what you believe. Because no one knows you like you. And no one's going to take care of you like you."
To outsiders, either Forte or the Bears are being unreasonable on the contract front, but the players understand. It's a battle they have or soon will face in their own careers. If the greenbacks don't come now, they might never come. Forte has missed only four games in his career -- he's a workhorse -- and we don't expect him to miss time this year. Here in June, however, his struggle continues.