LAKE FOREST, Ill. -

If there is a player on the Chicago Bears who could understand Matt Forte's position, it's probably Lance Briggs.

After all, he's had his share of contract confrontations.

With Forte locked in a staredown with Bears management, Briggs voiced
his support for the Pro Bowl running back.

He says Forte has "put his life and his mind and body on the field
for all of us" and is not letting anyone down by missing organized team
activities.

Briggs spoke after Wednesday's session.

Forte hasn't signed his $7.74 million tender after being slapped with
the franchise tag. He has until July 16 to negotiate a multiyear deal.