League sources said there has been considerable progress between the Bears and Matt Forte as well. There are still issues to hash out regarding the average per year on the deal over the first three years, and how it could compare to say Marshawn Lynch's new deal, but there has been movement on what the deal might look like over five years.
It would be ideal if Forte can get a deal done by the deadline and report to camp on time. Whenever players start holding out of camp, conditioning and injury become a concern. Forte is going to see a big workload, though owners should be sure to draft Michael Bush as his handcuff.