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Matt Forte Announces Bears Will Not Re-Sign Him on Instagram

by: JamieD On  Friday, February 12, 2016
Tags:  Chicago Bears   Football   Matt Forte   NFL  

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After eight successful seasons with the “Monsters of the Midway,” it appears as though the relationship between Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears is about to come to an end.

The two-time Pro Bowl running back made the announcement on his Instagram account earlier today, saying he was informed by the team’s front office that they will not be re-signing him, before thanking the organization and its fans.

Here’s a transcript:

Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end. 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!

And the Instagram post itself:

Forte is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-low 898 rushing yards and 1,287 total yards.  He missed three games due to injury in 2015, after missing a total of just five games in his previous seven seasons with the Bears.

The Bears drafted the dual-threat running back out of Tulane with the 44th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.  In eight seasons with the club he accumulated 8,602 rushing yards, 4,116 receiving yards, and 64 total touchdowns.  Chicago is expected to move on with 2015 4th round pick Jeremy Langford, while Forte should receive plenty of interest on the open market despite being 30-years-old (which is ancient in running back years).

Photo via Getty.



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