Bears Won’t Re-Sign Matt Forte

After spending the first eight years of his NFL career with the Bears, running back Matt Forte won’t be returning to Chicago for a ninth season, he announced today. In an Instagram post, Forte confirmed that he was informed by general manager Ryan Pace that the Bears won’t re-sign him as his contract expires this winter.Matt Forte

“Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” Forte said. “I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency. I will remain forever grateful for my time spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a rich history. My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy for the best fans in all of sports. I’m excited about the next chapter of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home.”

In his 120 regular season contests with the Bears, Forte has piled up 8,602 rushing yards and another 4,116 yards through the air, to go along with 64 total touchdowns. The 30-year-old earned a pair of Pro Bowl nods, including one in 2013, when he accumulated more than 1,900 total yards and 12 touchdowns, both career highs.

While Forte still managed to gain nearly 1,300 yards from scrimmage in 2015, rookie Jeremy Langford showed that he was capable of carrying the load for the Bears in three games the veteran missed due to injury. Langford enters the offseason as the odds-on favorite to be Chicago’s top back in 2016, but the team figures to add some depth at the position, either in free agency or the draft.

As for Forte, he’ll hit the open market when free agency opens on March 9th. If the former second-round pick is willing to take on a more complementary role with a contending team that needs a pass-catching back, there should be no shortage of potential suitors. Even if he wants a larger role, I expect there will be a handful of teams interested in signing him. One club worth considering as a potential fit is in Miami, where former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase is the new Dolphins’ head coach, and Lamar Miller is also facing free agency.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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2 comments on “Bears Won’t Re-Sign Matt Forte

  1. Thronson5

    I don’t care if we have Hyde I want Forte! Chip has been known for loving RBs so I hope we get this guy. Fix our O-Line, get Forte to mix it up with Hyde and let Gabbert take the will at QB while drafting a QB. I love the sound of that lol

  2. Dallas Robinson

    Bill Belichick has lauded Forte in the past (see here: link to and I wouldn’t be surprised if Forte lands in New England. Yes, they already have a pass-catching back in Dion Lewis, but Forte is clearly a superior option and would be a great fit in that offense.

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