Matt Forte says Bears will not re-sign him

SHARE Matt Forte says Bears will not re-sign him

Matt Forte says his days as a Chicago Bear are over.

The running back who is headed to free agency released this statement Friday morning through social media:

“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.”

The Bears expressed their gratitude to Forte in a statement:

“We recently met with Matt to inform him we will not extend a contract offer for the 2016 season,” Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said. “These decisions are never easy, especially given what Matt has meant to our team and community. We have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Matt is one of the all-time great Bears and did an excellent job for us on and off the field last season. He was a tremendous teammate. We thank him for his professionalism and wish him the very best as he continues his career.”

During Super Bowl week, Forte wasn’t sure which way the Bears would go. He told the Sun-Times: “The contract is only a small part of it. You gotta consider the team — more specifically the quarterback that’s there. They have a good O-line? I also gotta consider the best place for my family to be.”

In his eight seasons with the Bears, Forte rushed for 8,602 yards on 2,035 attempts and caught 487 passed for 4,116 yards. His 12,718 yards from scrimmage places him 49th among the all-time NFL leaders.

In Bears’ history, Forte ranks second only to Walter Payton in yards from scrimmage, rushing yards and receptions (five short).

The Latest
The charges center on at least $1.4 million in taxes Hunter Biden owed between 2016 and 2019, a period where he struggled with addiction. The back taxes have been paid.
In the first meeting on NHL ice between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2023 draft, Bedard and goalie Petr Mrazek helped the Hawks earn a 1-0 win Thursday.
The officer was driving an Infiniti SUV in the 300 block of North State Street about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. She told officers she dropped her phone and took her eyes off the road to grab it, according to a police report.
The Portage Park school closed this year and is expected to house up to 350 people starting as early as mid-January.