Running back Matt Forte announced on his Instagram account the Chicago Bears informed him earlier this week he was not in their plans moving forward. He will be an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with any team beginning March 9.
Bears will not re-sign Forte
Running back Matt Forte announced on his Instagram account Friday the Chicago Bears informed him earlier this week he was not in their plans moving forward. He will be an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with any team beginning March 9.
The Bears met with Forte, 30, and let him know they plan to go in a different direction.
“Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” Forte wrote. “I was informed earlier this week from the GM (Ryan Pace) that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency.”
Forte rushed for 8,602 yards in eight seasons with the Bears. He missed three games last season with a knee sprain but still led the team with 898 yards rushing.
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