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The Chicago Bears will not re-sign Matt Forte

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Earlier today former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (yes former) announced via his Instagram that he will not be returning to Chicago. Here's his full statement;

"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!"

General manager Ryan Pace is obviously making a business decision for his football team, one that will save the Bears from paying the two time Pro Bowl, 30 year old 8 year pro another long term contract. Forte probably won't come near the $9 million he made in 2015, but with a couple young draft picks on the team, Pace must feel now is the time to move on.

EDIT: Here's the statement from the Bears on Matt Forte;

"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."

Forte leaves Chicago as their 2nd leading rusher all time (8,602), number 2 in rushing attempts (2,035), 4th in rushing touchdowns (45), 2nd in receptions (487), 6th in receiving yards (4,116), 19th in receiving TDs (19), 3rd in total TDs (64) and 9th in scoring (396).