Running back Matt Forte has been in contract struggles with the Chicago Bears. Forte recently denied at a franchise-tender of $7.7 million, as he is looking for a bigger deal than that.

However, Forte wanted to clear his name, letting everyone know that he isn't looking to be the league's highest-paid player.

On NFL Network, following the Top 100 Players of 2012 show where he was picked 33rd, Forte said he is just looking for a contract and to feel respected.

“All you can ask for is respect, and you go out there and you do your best to earn it. Respect isn’t given to anybody,” Forte said. “You’ve got to earn it out there. So the way I go about playing the game, preparing for it and the way I play, I feel I have earned the respect. As far as being disrespected, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the business side of the league. It’s unfortunate that when the organization does treat it as a business (but) when a player does, he gets frowned upon. You have to do what’s best for you and your family.”

The Bears look like they may be prepared to move on if Forte doesn't, recently signing Michael Bush to a four-year deal.

We'll see if Forte signs soon.

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