"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.