I arrived in Dallas today, after Bears running back Matt Forte completed the rounds, as part of a promotion between Visa and the NFL.
He told Pro Football Talk that he hasn't heard anything yet, regarding a contract extension with the Bears but added, "I've expressed my interest.
"Obviously, I'm on my rookie contract and I've had a lot of production and hope to continue to produce," Forte told Pro Football Talk.
Forte is under contract for next season at a base salary of $550,000. Meanwhile, his backup Chester Taylor collected $7 million this past season after signing a four-year, $12.5 million contract.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Sirius NFL Radio, Forte talked about the criticism Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has endured since leaving the NFC title game with a Grade II MCL tear.
Here are some of his comments:
* On how he feels about it: "The reaction from the outside... was kind of outrageous, because they're not in the locker room with Jay. They're just saying how they would do if they were in that position, which they weren't in."
* On if he's surprised: "It's a shame. I know Maurice [Jones-Drew] really well. I think Maurice plays around a lot. But some of the other guys were dead serious. They had that platform, to try to say how tough a guy... But the key is word is, 'I would have.' They weren't really in that situation... I would never criticize another guy... because I don't know that guy, like that."
* On if the Bears public relations department should have advised Cutler to stay in the locker room or avoid being seen in public afterwards: "I don't know. Maybe they could have, PR wise. The way it was handled obviously wasn't the best way. He was kind of crucified out there by the media and by fans and things like that. That's a tough thing to handle. I just know that as Jay's teammate, and being around him for two years... I know he's a tough guy. So I have no question about it."