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Height/Weight: 6-2/218 | Birthdate: 12/10/1985 | Birthplace: Lake Charles, LA, USA | Team: Chicago | College: Tulane | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 5.53
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Report: Bears RB Matt Forte skips voluntary workout, wants new deal


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Though the Bears' have started voluntary workouts, one notable offensive star decided not to show.

Bears running back Matt Forte did not participate in the team's first workout on Monday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The Bears met Monday for a team meeting and a strength and conditioning session. Forte has reportedly told the Bears he would like a new deal. 

$100,000 of Forte's $8.2 million owed in 2014 is part of a workout bonus. Forte could lose that $100,000 if he doesn't attend 85 percent of the voluntary workouts, according to the Tribune story. Forte is entering the final year of his contract. 

Forte confirmed he missed Monday's workout on his personal Twitter account.

"Relax everybody... It's called voluntary W/O for a reason," Forte wrote. "I've always been there especially when it counts!"

Forte has been with the Bears his entire seven-year career. In 2014, he ran for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns and accounted for 808 receiving yards and four additional touchdowns. 


Bears GM on Forte, Jeffery extensions: 'It's a slow process'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Bears general manager Ryan Pace appeared noncommittal when asked to discuss potential contract extensions for players like Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery during his combine press conference, according to ESPN. Pace, however, did admit that "it's a slow process."

"I just want to take it on a case by case basis. It's a slow process," Pace said. "I know you guys are going to ask questions from a million different angles but again it's just my job and John's [Fox] job and our staff's job to just be thorough and slow with this process. I know there is a time frame but I don't want to rush any decisions."

Forte, 29, is entering the final year of the four-year contract extension he signed in 2012. He is due to collect a $6.650 million base salary, along with a $1.050 million roster bonus, and $100,000 workout bonus. Jeffery, 25, is also entering the final year of a four-year, $4.54 million contract. He is due to make $960,157, and a $50,000 workout bonus in 2015.


Bears RB Matt Forte sets multiple milestones in season finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte caught a 10-yard pass from Jay Cutler late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Minnesota. It was his 102nd reception of the season, surpassing Arizona's Larry Centers for the most catches by a running back in a season in NFL history.

Forte took 17 carries for 51 yards. He also caught eight of 12 targets for 23 yards in a 13-9 defeat. He cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season. He became the second player in league history with at least 250 rushes and 100 receptions in a season. His 2014 campaign ends with 266 carries, 1,038 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He also turned 130 targets into 102 catches for 808 yards and four touchdowns.


Bears RB Forte does job as pass-catcher Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Bears featured back Matt Forte contributed more through the air than on the ground in a Week 16 loss to Detroit.

Forte caught six passes for 40 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown from Jimmy Clausen late in the first quarter. He had seven carries early, giving him two more than he had in the entire first meeting this year against the Lions. But he finished with a mere 55 yards on 19 carries.

He needs just 13 yards rushing next Sunday at Minnesota to reach 1,000 for the third straight season.


Bears RB Matt Forte goes for 99 yards from scrimmage


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/16/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte ran 16 times for 78 yards (4.9 ypc) and caught two passes for 11 yards in Monday's loss to the Saints. It was Forte's best rushing average since Week 8.

Forte drew five targets, tied for third on the team. Forte failed to score and has nine total touchdowns through 14 games. He'll play the Lions in Week 16.


Bears RB Matt Forte contributes through the air


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte had a rough game on the ground Week 14.

Forte had 13 carries for 26 yards on the ground. He did manage to find the end zone, scoring on a 1 yard run in the fourth quarter. For the most part, though, Forte's value came in the passing game. He hauled in eight receptions for 74 yards. Forte tied for second on the club with nine targets. It was the second straight game Forte had fewer than 15 carries. While Forte is usually sure-handed, he coughed up a fumble at the beginning of the third quarter.

Forte will look for more Week 15 against the Saints.


Bears determined to restore semblance of balance


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/1/2014) The Bears had a franchise-low eight rushing attempts in Thursday's loss at Detroit. Matt Forte ran five times for 6 yards, Ka'Deem Carey rushed twice for 8 yards, and quarterback Jay Cutler took a kneeldown.

Cutler, who dropped back to pass 51 times, said the team must be more balanced this Thursday against Dallas.

"It makes things hard," he told the Chicago Tribune. "You want to have some balance even if numbers-wise it's not as balanced as you want it to be. If you're running the ball efficiently and giving the illusion that you're going to run the ball, it definitely helps."

Forte lamented that the team "didn't really run the ball at all, didn't really get a chance to establish it."


Matt Forte sets Bears' RB single-season receiving record in loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte had one of his worst performances of the season during a 34-17 loss Thursday at Detroit. Forte was held to a season-low 6 yards on five carries, while adding six catches for 52 yards.

Despite the off day, Forte made a little franchise history. With a 22-yard catch on the Bears' opening drive, Forte became the franchise leader for most receiving yards in a season by a running back. The previous record was held by Walter Payton, who had 607 receiving yards in 1983. 

Forte's previous best for a single season was 594 receiving yards, which he set in 2013. The Bears are back in action Week 14 vs. Dallas.


Matt Forte comes through for Bears Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte managed to come through for Chicago Week 12.

Forte carried the ball 23 times for 89 yards and two scores. He managed to turn in a decent game despite averaging under 4 yards per carry. Forte was also a threat in the passing game, hauling in five passes for 23 yards. Both of Forte's touchdowns came shortly after Buccaneers turnovers.

Forte will look for more Week 13 against the Lions. 


Bears RB Matt Forte turns in strong game Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte turned in a strong game Week 11 against the Vikings.

While Forte didn't find the end zone, he picked up a fair amount of yardage. On the ground, Forte hained 117 yards on 26 carries. He was also a force in the passing game, hauling in six receptions for 58 yards. Forte caught all six of his targets. He finished third on the club in receiving, behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. 

Forte will look for more Week 12 against the Buccaneers. 


Bears RB Matt Forte totals 81 yards in loss vs. Packers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte rushed for 54 yards on 17 carries while adding three receptions for 27 yards in his team's 55-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday night.

Forte found himself neutralized as the game turned ugly early, with the Packers entering halftime with a 42-0 lead. The running back failed to score a touchdown for the first time in five weeks, and he failed to top 100 total yards for the first time since Week 3. He'll look to bounce back against the Vikings in Week 11.


Bears RB Matt Forte turns in strong performance Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte managed a strong performance Week 8 against the Patriots.

Forte gained 114 yards on 19 carries during the contest. He continued to provide value in the passing game, hauling in six receptions for 54 yards and a score. Forte's receiving score came on a 25 yard route where he sold the short pass, and blew past his defender for the score. His receiving ability made him a factor in the second half, when the Bears were getting blown out. 

Forte is on a bye Week 9.


Bears RB Matt Forte scores twice in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was the lone bright spot in his team's Week 7 defeat to Miami at Soldier Field.

Forte had an abysmal first half, rushing for only 11 yards on two carries. He bounced back with a 10-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the second half and a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He posted 109 yards of total offense, rushing for 49 yards and a score on 12 carries. He led the team with six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in a 27-14 defeat.

Forte and the Bears will look to get back in the win column Week 8 at New England.


Bears relatively healthy heading into Week 7 against Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Bears have ruled linebacker Lance Briggs (ribs) and defensive back Chris Conte (shoulder) out for Week 7 at home against Miami. Linebacker Jon Bostic, who is nursing a back injury, was the only player listed as questionable on the injury report for Chicago.

The following players have been ruled probable for Sunday: Tackle Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), running back Matt Forte (not injury related), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quadricep, knee), tackle Jordan Mills (foot), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (not injury related) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck).


Matt Forte back to being a monster


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) Going up against what we now know are three of the league's toughest run defenses in the Bills, the 49ers and the Jets, Bears running back Matt Forte looked like a potential bust the first three weeks. Nobody's thinking that now.

With a combined 157 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 at Atlanta, Forte has a combined 150 yards in three straight games. Of course, a large percentage of them are on the receiving end, but that's part of his appeal. His 10 catches in Week 6 give him double-digit catches in back-to-back games and at least five in all six games this season.

He's a monster, particularly in points-per-reception leagues. In fact, the only player I think I'd prefer to him in that format is DeMarco Murray, and that's just because he's the best player period.

So don't think about selling high or anything. This is Matt Forte, this is what he does, and you're lucky to have him. You may have preferred Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy on Draft Day, but he's overtaken them with his consistency.


Matt Forte totals 157 yards, two touchdowns in Week 6 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte delivered a huge performance in his team's 27-13 Week 6 win over the Falcons Sunday, rushing for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries while adding 10 catches on 13 targets for 77 yards.

Forte broke a tie with his first score late in the first quarter, which came on a draw out of a shotgun formation, then extended the lead on a similar play in the fourth quarter. After going four weeks without a trip to the end zone, the lead back now has three scores in his last two weeks. He's also manged to rack up more than 150 total yards in each of his last three games, and he has 22 receptions in the last two weeks. Forte will look to keep rolling in Week 7 when the Dolphins come to town.


Bears RB Matt Forte explodes as receiver against Panthers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Running ball is usually the forte for Matt Forte. But the Bears featured back proved more effective as a pass-catcher Sunday against Carolina.

Forte set a career record with 12 receptions. He racked up 105 yards, which ranks third all-time since he turned pro. He has been tearing it up as a receiver this season with 36 catches for 299 yards. Among his snags in Week 5 was a 10-yarder that went for an easy touchdown and tied the game at 7-7. Another covered 56 yards. Forte had seven catches for 85 yards in the first half alone.

He did not fare as well on the ground with 61 yards on 17 carries. He will try to pick up the pace in that department next Sunday against the host Falcons.


Yup, Matt Forte's going to be OK


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) The Jets and 49ers entered Week 4 ranked first and sixth against the run heading into Week 4, and Bears running back Matt Forte contributed to that, picking up 33 yards on 13 carries at the Jets in Week 3 and 21 yards on 12 carries at the 49ers in Week 2.

But considering the Jets and 49ers finished third and fourth against the run last year, they probably had more to do with those performances than Forte himself. And Forte seemed to confirm as much with his 122 yards on 23 carries against the Packers in Week 4.

The most encouraging part was he was so dominant in the first half, picking up 80 yards on 17 carries, that it didn't even matter that the Bears had to spend much of the second half throwing the ball in a game where they trailed big. Forte still had his best performance of the season.

Now that his schedule is leveling out, you should continue to trust in Forte on an every-week basis. He proved with his performance in Week 4 that he remains one of the league's most reliable dual-threat backs.


Matt Forte runs wild, but does not visit end zone in Week 4


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Bears premier back Matt Forte was his usual dominant self Sunday, but that could not prevent his team from losing again to Green Bay.

Forte rushed for 23 yards on the first drive of the game and finished the first quarter with 56 yards on 11 carries. He continued to barrel through the Packers until the lopsided score held him to just two carries in the fourth. Forte finished with 122 yards on 23 attempts and five catches for 49 yards. But despite his first 100-yard game of 2014, he was held without a touchdown for the fourth straight game to open the season.

He will try to sneak into the end zone next Sunday at Carolina.


Matt Forte frustrated by struggles in run game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte is not happy with his production in the run game over the last two weeks. After totaling 82 rushing yards and averaging 4.8 yards per carry in the opener, Forte has totaled 54 rushing yards and 2.2 yards per carry since Week 2.

"It is frustrating during the game," Forte said, per ESPN. "It’s not that we’re not calling runs. We are calling run plays. But sometimes, the defenses are set up so that the run play we call is not going to work against that defense. Each week we’re continuing to work on it, and we’ve got to get everybody on the same page up front. Some guys that are stepping in for injured players, we have to get everybody on the right page where we’re blocking the right looks so if they change the personnel or change to a different defensive front, we know how to block that as well."

The Bears hope to get their ground game going Sunday against the Packers, who rank 30th in rush defense (156.3 yards per game).

"Last year when we played them, [Clay] Matthews didn’t play and that makes a big difference when he’s in the game," Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. "They’re at full strength now. So we need to bring our 'A' game to gain yards and have Matt Forte gain yards. We need to continue to work a balanced attack and give him opportunities."


Matt Forte goes for 76 total yards


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/23/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was held to 33 rushing yards on 13 carries in the win over the Jets, but he played well in the passing game. Forte caught six of seven targets for 43 yards and is up to 19 receptions through three games.

Forte is averaging 3.2 yards per carry entering Week 4 against the Packers.


Matt Forte held to 36 yards


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/15/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte couldn't get going Sunday night at San Francisco, totaling 36 yards on 17 touches from scrimmage. Forte ran eight times for 8 yards in the first half and finished with 12 carries for 21 yards.

He added five catches for 15 yards. On the plus side, Forte tied for the team lead with eight targets.

Forte visits the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3.


Matt Forte totals 169 yards vs. Bills in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte proved to be a dual threat Sunday, rushing for 82 yards on 17 attempts and racking up a team-high 87 receiving yards on eight catches in Chicago's 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills.

Forte did a nice job racking up his yardage in chunks, with nine of his plays going for at least nine yards in the game, but he didn't see any looks in the red zone as the offense focused on attacking through the air. Forte surpassed his 169-yard total just twice last season. He'll likely find a harder test ahead in Week 2 when he faces the 49ers.


Matt Forte should live up to billing in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was ranked as a top five Fantasy running back going into the season, and he falls in the top five in both weekly running back rankings from CBSSports.com experts. After setting career highs in rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage in 2013, will Forte get this season started off on the right foot in Week 1 against the Bills?

While Buffalo put together a strong defense last season, the team's particular strength was against the pass. Rushers were able to gain 4.4 yards per carry against the Bills, leaving them 23rd in the league in the category. While the Bills did a good job defending against pass-catching backs last season, they now have to play without linebackers Kiko Alonso (season-ending injury) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) as well as safety Jairus Byrd (signed with New Orleans).

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense was just average defending passes against running backs in Detroit last season. Forte has been excellent against Schwartz, who was the head coach of the Lions from 2009 through 2013. He has rushed for 1,005 yards and averaged 4.74 yards per carry while catching 38 passes for 360 yards in 12 career games against the Lions. Ten of those contests came with Schwartz at the helm, and Forte should be able to continue giving the Bills defensive coordinator nightmares this Sunday.


Matt Forte not asked to do much in third exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Bears running back Matt Forte was not asked to do much during Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks. Forte was limited to two series with the first unit. He took his first handoff for a gain of 11 yards and finished the game with 17 yards on three carries.

The 28-year-old led the league in touches last year and doesn't need to prove anything during the preseason. He ranked third with 289 carries, and his 74 receptions also ranked third among running backs in 2013.