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    Matt Forte runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers at the Soldier Field on Oct. 2, 2011 in Chicago. The Bears defeated the Panthers 34-29. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    Good morning and welcome to Bear Bites, your morning rundown of Chicago Bears news. Read on for the latest on Matt Forte, bounties, a possible free agent and how Phil Emery will do his job.

    • Marshawn Lynch was signed to a long-term contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears should take note. (Chicago Sun-Times)
    • In this must-read piece, Matt Bowen says bounties are part of the game. (Chicago Tribune)
    • Earl Bennett's new T-shirt is kind of adorable. (Twitter)