Despite being in the last year of his contract and wanting to sign an extension before the season starts,
Forte attended the team's OTA practice Wednesday, but he would prefer to sign a contract extension.
"Nobody likes playing on a one-year deal, " he said.
"Well this is an unusual situation just because Matt has been in such great shape and has been so dynamic as far as staying on the field," Gase said at rookie minicamp. "We've just got to see how it plays out. In Denver, C.J. would hate me for saying this, but he got tired and was a little chubby sometimes. I mean, he got worn down quick and then we had to rotate backs in last year. Matt's an unusual situation in that position because he's able to play every play, or has."
Fox also likes to keep the approach of keeping players fresh.
"It's a positive that he's had a number of carries and the production he's had, both catching the ball and running the ball," Fox said. "We've always been believers in kind of a one-two punch and rolling guys through there whether it's the defensive line; a wave of those guys to stay fresh. I've always had the approach the same thing with running backs. But as I tell guys they pick the team -- how they perform -- and it will be no different at running back, who that guy is and how dependable he is and if he earns that number of reps to get in. We're early in the process and hopefully somebody kind of sets themselves out."
Forte had 266 carries for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns with 102 receptions for 808 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.
Forte said he wouldn't be angry over his contract this season and would "gladly" play under his current deal, even if its not his first choice.
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$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.
"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.
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