Bears general manager Phil Emery said his is currently in negotiations with the agent for Matt Forte on a long-term contract and is hopeful the two sides can reach an agreement before the 2012 season.
''We feel good that we've talked and we'll continue to talk,'' Emery said Friday. ''Obviously we want Matt to be a Bear for a long term. We're excited about him in 2011 and beyond.''
Emery would not address the possibility that Forte might hold out because he is unhappy with the franchise tag, which will guarantee hi $7.7 million for the 2011 season.
''Looking forward to Matt being here in 2011 and beyond and we're working towards that resolution,'' Emery said.