Matt Forte currently sits second on the Bears’ all-time rushing list with 8,602 rushing yards after playing all eight years of his career with Chicago. However, Forte announced via Instagram that he will not be donning a Bears uniform when the 2016 season kicks off.
The 8-year veteran 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.”
The news isn’t too surprising, as Chicago’s backup running back, Jeremy Langford, played well in Forte’s absence this year. The rookie started three games this season, scoring a rushing touchdown in each one while also offering Forte-like receiving ability.
At 30 years old, Forte doesn’t have the same burst he once had, but remains one of the premier pass-catching running backs in football. He has 487 career receptions, and his 102 catches in 2014 are the most ever by a running back in a single season.
There will certainly be plenty of teams who will pursue Forte this offseason. Sadly for Chicago fans though, the Bears just won’t be one of them.