Good morning and welcome to Bear Bites, your morning rundown of Bears news. Read on for news about Lovie Smith and Mike Martz, Matt Forte's contract problems, Chris Conte's health and a Julius Peppers picture just for fun.
- Lovie Smith is the eternal optimist. (ESPN Chicago)
- But his silence on Mike Martz fuels speculation that the offensive coordinator won't be back. (Chicago Tribune)
- The future of Martz is the biggest offseason issue facing Smith. (Chicago Sun-Times)
- Matt Forte is not happy with the Bears' efforts to sign him to a contract. (CSN Chicago)
- Chris Conte's cast will come off on Tuesday. (ESPN Chicago)
- Here's a picture of Julius Peppers playing basketball for North Carolina. (SI Vault)