Matt Forte confirms he won’t be returning to Bears
In what has long been considered an inevitability, Matt Forte confirmed on Friday morning that his time as a member of the Chicago Bears organization has come to an end.
The running back took to Instagram to announce the news that after eight great seasons, it’s time to move on.
Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” Forte wrote in the Instagram post. “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. God Bless and Bear Down!”
Forte will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9 and will be free to sign with any team of his choosing. It should be expected that he will garner significant interest despite the fact he turned 30, as Forte has developed a reputation of being one of the more durable running backs in the NFL.
In his eight seasons with the Bears, Forte missed only eight games, but three of those came last season, when he had a career-low 898 rushing yards. Forte of course is known as more of a dual-threat, three-down back, but even his receiving yards last season (389) were the second-lowest of his career.
Still, Forte’s contribution to the Bears cannot be undervalued or understated. He rushed for 8,602 yards in those eight seasons, adding 4,116 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns.