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Forte 'puzzled' by state of negotiations with Bears

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By Dan Parr

Some league observers were wondering whether GM Jerry Angelo would use the Bears' Week Eight bye to head back to the negotiating table with RB Matt Forté's agent, Adisa Bakari, and increase the team's offer on an extension for the fourth-year back, who is in the final year of his rookie deal.

Bakari and Angelo saw each other in London, where the Bears traveled to face the Buccaneers in Week Seven, and they exchanged pleasantries, but Bakari told PFW Wednesday there have been no discussions this week regarding a new contract. Forté's salary this season is $600,000.

"Nothing has changed as of today," Bakari said. "We haven't had any further conversations about an extension. Naturally, Matt continues to be upset and puzzled by the current state of things, but on Sundays he's going to continue to produce as best he can and help this team win."

Forté, who leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,091, has accounted for 46.2 percent of the Bears' offense this season. He's the first back to gain more than 1,000 yards in the first seven games of a season since Tiki Barber and Priest Holmes did it in 2004.

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