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The Bears Den: July 17, 2012

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"...where, however much you like Matt Forte, you probably don't love him enough to sing about it on YouTube..."

[Video] Forte extension talk - Moon Mullin and David Haugh discuss the background and ramifications of the deal at length. Bonus: no talking monkeys.

With all pieces in place, pressure now on Lovie Smith - David Haugh: It says everything about how well Emery's first offseason has gone as GM that solving the Forte problem doesn't even rate as his biggest accomplishment.

Q&A with Matt Bowen - 10 questions with Matt Bowen on his expectations for camp and the coming season.

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Forte contract news

Forte signs four-year deal worth $31.5 million, $17.1 million guaranteed - Bears never budged from $17.1 million guaranteed figure. By the numbers. Bears sign Forte to a four-year contract - Is there a NotLarryMayer twitter account? If not, there should be. "The Bears decided to keep Matt Forte waiting for a full year before unveiling the contract he wanted, because they're practical jokers and Matt has a fine sense of humour."

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears strike four-year deal - "This might be one of the last Forte contract-saga posts you'll ever have to read." Easy for you to say, Marc Sessler.

Matt Forte agrees to four-year deal with Bears - Settles the biggest issue hanging over the team.

Matt Forte finally gets his multi-year deal - Chris Burke: Though Chicago’s OL remains a work in progress, the pieces are in place at the skill positions for this offense to keep up with Green Bay, Detroit and other teams in the NFC for years to come.

Bears replace Forte's franchise tag with four-year deal - One of the best multipurpose backs in the NFL, Forte has averaged nearly 104 yards from scrimmage over the course of his 60-game NFL career.

Forte finally gets his deal - Chicago RB comes to terms on a four-year contract with the Bears.

Forte, Bears agree to long-term deal - Moon Mullin: Bears keep star running back in the Windy City through the 2015 season.

Bears, Forte beat deadline with 4-year, $32 million contract - Sean Jensen: A win-win for both sides.

Chicago Bears sign Matt Forte to 4-year, $32M contract - Ends nearly a year of what one source characterized as sometimes-contentious negotiations.

Chicago Bears agree to deal with RB Matt Forte - Bears have all key pieces in place when training camp starts next week.

Bears, Matt Forte Agree to Deal - Maggie Hendricks grateful for news so she won't have to find a filler piece.

Forte contract analysis

[Video] Moon Mullin on what Forte deal means for the Bears - Bears have offense set for seasons to come.

Bears complete team with signing of Forte - Jim Miller: By signing Forte to a long-term deal, Phil Emery displays the knowledge of not underestimating a cohesive locker room.

Bears make right move with Forte - Kip Lewis: The Bears without a doubt did the smart thing by signing Matt Forte to a long term deal.

Why did Bears pay Forte - Rosendoom: The NFL is a passing league and I'm cleverer than all of you idiots.

Nothing wrong with rewarding Forte and Rice - Matt Bowen: NFL may be a 'passing league,' but production still sells.

Ray Rice, Matt Forte deals triumph over pre-draft hype - Matt Forte and Ray Rice's new deals with the Bears and Ravens demonstrate players' ability to work themselves into starting roles and long-term contracts, despite any lack of pre-draft hubbub.

[Video] Forte vs. Rice - Marcellus Wiley and Damien Woody on who is more impactful to their team, Matt Forte or Ray Rice?

[Video] Bears season outlook - Haugh: Bears are a Super Bowl contender. Mullin: Emery was hired for the draft and I want to see that unfold before I start giving him credit.

Matt Forte deal helps Bears move forward - Forte was a true workhorse in college, so lowering his touches going forward might be wise to help him stay effective down the road.

[Video] Ditka on Forte - "He's an important cog in their machine."

[Video] How important was Forte's deal for Bears? - Sean Jensen: What does the impact of Matt Forte's new four-year contract have on the Bears locker room?

[Video] How did Forte deal get done? - Jeff Dickerson discusses Matt Forte's new contract.

Chicago Bears, Matt Forte both winners in new contract - Forte's new deal is the latest move in a great offseason for GM Phil Emery.

Bears now focus on Urlacher, Cutler - Now that Matt Forte is in the fold, the Bears turn their attention to other leading players.

Bears' offseason moves - takes a look at the many offseason moves in a photo gallery.

Not Forte

Bears training camp preview - Moon Mullin on training camp, expectations for OL, DBs.

Bears training camp capsules: Defensive line - Moon Mullin reviews the DL's 2011 season and what to watch for in training camp. Dominant Peppers leads Bears d-line - DC Rod Marinelli discusses Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bears DL.

CBSChicago's Most Important Bears: No. 8 Gabe Carimi - "Most were surprised when the Bears chose not to draft OL in April, but in Phil Emery’s mind, he already had a first-round-caliber OT in Gabe Carimi." The bad news is that he can only play in one position at once...

Earl Bennett: Jay Cutler better than Aaron Rodgers - Believes his QB, Jay Cutler, tops his rival to the north.

Pressure: Telling the Whole Story - ProFootballFocus on the importance of looking beyond sacks to define pass rushing and pass protection play.

Know thy enemy - Without long-term deal, Cliff Avril unsure when he’ll sign or report. Lions have multiple starters needing to be extended soon, so another tag next year seems unlikely.

Which NFL city is better: Chicago or Baltimore? - In other news, Adam Rank is the Maggie Hendricks of

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