As the season in winding down, running back Matt Forte is losing faith in his getting a new contract from the Chicago Bears.
Forte will be a free agent at the end of the season and says attempts to engage in contract talks have yielded little return thus far.
“I mean, I want to return,” Forte said, via Gene Chamberlain of the Associated Press. “But if you’re saying am I hopeful that I do return? There’s not much to hope for right now because like I’ve said, I talked to (general manager Ryan Pace) earlier and they haven’t said anything back.
“So there’s nothing really to hope for.”
Forte hoped his strong start to the season would help spark negotiations.
“After the first seven games I think I was top three in rushing and stuff, and still producing,” Forte said. “But you look at that and you’re like, ‘ok, you guys?’ But, um, still nothing came from that.”
Instead, Forte is still waiting and hoping for something that may never come along. Forte has spent all eight seasons of his career in Chicago. He’s gained at least 1,000 yards in five of his first seven seasons.