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Matt Forte: Bears have not offered me a contract

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Impending free agent Matt Forte recently acknowledged that the 2015 season could be his final one with the Chicago Bears.

Appearing on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, Forte emphasized that his priority is to stay in Chicago, but he's prepared to "move on" if the Bears don't offer him a new contract.

"There's nothing I can do, really, except play football," Forte said. "The decision on whether I stay or whether I go is not really up to me. It's whether I get offered a contract extension, which I haven't been offered one and doesn't really look like it (will happen).

"If not, I go into free agency. So I'm pretty much satisfied with either way it goes."

Accounting for 32.0 percent of the Bears' offense, Forte was enjoying an excellent season prior to his early November MCL sprain. Still, he's right to wonder if he will be back in Chicago next year.

With a new regime in town, Forte was one of several veterans the Bears were willing to discuss leading up to the trade deadline, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported in late October.

The emergence of rookie Jeremy Langford as a viable dual-purpose successor will leave the Bears reluctant to pay top dollar for a 30-year-old running back approaching his decline phase.

If Forte reaches the open market, it will be interesting to see if Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman -- formerly the head coach in Chicago -- campaigns to bring him to Baltimore.

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