Forte Leaves Chicago Bears

Matt Forte, the second-most productive running back in NFL history, has announced that he will no longer be a member of the Chicago Bears.  In an Instagram post, Forte said that he was informed earlier in the week that the GM wouldn’t be trying to re-sign him in free agency.  Forte made a shout of to the Chicago Bears, in whose jersey he was able to earn his stripes as a true football star.  The Bears confirmed Forte’s announcement on Twitter.  When the new league year begins on March 9, Forte will be a free agent.

Matt ForteThe 30 year-old Forte spent eight seasons with the Bears, rushing for 8,602 yards and scoring a total of 64 touchdowns.  As a team captain, he led the Bears in rushing last season with 898 yards and caught 44 passes for 389 yards while scoring a seven total touchdowns.  Last season, he earned a base salary of $7.05 million.  Bears general manager Ryan Pace had turned down Forte’s request for an extension last off-season, and seems ready to give a larger role in the offense to Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns last season.  Forte’s ranking is second, only behind Hall of Famer Walter Payton, on the Bears’ all-time lists for rushing yards, yards from scrimmage (12,718), receptions (487) and 100-yard games (24).  He’s ranking third in total touchdowns and sixth in receiving yards (4,116).

Since Forte got hurt last season and is getting relatively old, it does make sense where the Bears might want to let him go.  Even if Forte has been wildly successful, the Bears have plenty of great players.  Yet great as Forte has been, it isn’t clear how long that will last, as getting run over by huge people all day tends to wear at you, especially once you reach your 30s.  Nonetheless, if Forte is old, then somebody like Peyton Manning is ancient.

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