Forte patiently waiting for new Bears GM, new deal

Matt Forte during NFC practice. (Perry Knotts/NFL)

OAHU, Hawaii — Matt Forte sounds like a man who believes he’ll be playing in Chicago next season, albeit with a lot of changes.

With his rookie contract set to expire, Forte is waiting for the Bears to hire a new general manager to replace Jerry Angelo — fired earlier this month — so he can begin working with the team on a new deal.

When that’s complete, Forte will get to work learning the new offense under former offensive line coach Mike Tice, replacing departed offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

“It will be something new,” Forte said. “There’ll be some changes that we have to get used to. But I’m looking forward to getting a deal done, first of all, and when that happens, getting in there and learning a new system.”

Until then, Forte is enjoying his first trip to Hawaii as a member of the NFC’s Pro Bowl Squad, waiting for word from his agent.

“I’m just being patient,” Forte said. “Just waiting to see who they name as GM, and I’m excited to go from there.”

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