Monday marks the first day of the Bears' voluntary offseason workouts -- workouts, which Lovie Smith notes, that set the tone as the team prepares for training camp.
Bears running back Matt Forte will be absent during the practices as long as his contract is not fully worked out. The Bears are constructing a multi-year deal, but nothing has been reached to date.
Mandatory practices don't begin until the team holds mini-camp, which for the Bears, will take place in June. However, Forte would not be able to attend those practices until he is under contract.
Although Forte is said to receive a raise of over 7 million, he is waiting for a long-term contract that will guarantee him security throughout the upcoming seasons.