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Forte, Bears 'Extremely Close' To Deal

Jul 14, 2012 3:12 PM EST

The Bears and Matt Forte are inching towards a new contract.

The running back is "extremely close" to a long-term deal with the team, according to a source.

Forte said Friday he planned to spend this weekend on phone with Chicago's front office, amid reports the sides had made "considerable progress."

He has yet to sign his one-year, $7.749 million franchise tender.

Via NFL.com