Matt Forte knows the life of a running back in the NFL is short, so playing every game like it might be his last is crucial in receiving another big offer to continue his career.
He also knows Jeremy Langford is the future feature back in Chicago, which might mean his days in a Bears uniform are numbered. So far, as Forte told NFL.com, he has not received a contract offer from the team that drafted him, so those days may be over sooner rather than later.
"There's nothing I can do, really, except play football," Forte said, appearing on NFL Total Access. "The decision on whether I stay or whether I go is not really up to me. It's whether I get offered a contract extension, which I haven't been offered one and doesn't really look like it (will happen).
"If not, I go into free agency. So I'm pretty much satisfied with either way it goes."
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Should he test the free agent market, the runner, who is also known for catching passes out of the backfield, could garner plenty of attention once the season is done. Still, the Bears could make a push to keep him on their roster.
Forte was the subject of discussions earlier in the season, even with a possibly being on the trade market as the team’s season looked bleak. It may have also had something to do with head coach John Fox wanting to put his own stamp on a team he took over this year.
Langford has literally taken the ball and ran with it for the Bears this season, emerging as a dual-purpose threat that is capable of being Forte's successor. This could leave a the NFC North franchise reluctant to pay for the 30-year-old back's services, but he still believes he can perform and do the job well for the Bears or another NFL team next season and beyond.
One team that might show some interest might be the Baltimore Ravens, a team that could use another runner as a change of pace option to Justin Forsett. The Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman is the former head coach in Chicago and has since been replaced by Fox.