08:06 AM ET 05.18 | In the case of Matt Forte, the most GM Phil Emery has said is the that the Bears continue to work on a deal. Former Packers contract negotiator Andrew Brandt probably summed up the team's stance perfectly. "The hardest position to sink long-term money into is running back because it has the shortest shelf life," Brandt told the Philadelphia Daily News. ... Recent pay days Forte will examine, along with the McCoy deal, are contracts given to Arian Foster ($20.75 million guaranteed), DeAngelo Williams ($21 million guaranteed) and Marshawn Lynch ($17 million guaranteed). Unless he's gunning for a pay day like Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson received, those seem to be backs that create a range for Forte and the Bears.