Bears running back Matt Forte said his agent Adisa Bakari is expected to arrive today at ONU to speak to general manager Jerry Angelo about an extension.
Forte, scheduled to make $550,000, considered not showing up on time to training camp but arrived on time because Angelo assured him they would talk about an extension soon.
"It's encouraging," Forte said. "It's better than negotiating over the phone."
Angelo said at a press conference Sunday evening that his "intent" was to get a deal worked out with the running back, although he didn't provide a timetable.
"When I say intent, then we're motivated to do something. The timetable is yet to be determined. Just be patient," he said. "Take care of your job as you already have and continue to do and we're going to do our part.
"But again, it's a negotiation. You've got to find that common ground. That part of it will be a challenge. You're not talking about [an unrestricted free agent], where there's an open market [and] you bid. These extensions are much tougher, because agents normally look at the UFA market to set their counts. But he's not a UFA."