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Matt Forte to sign one-day contract, retire with Bears

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One of the greatest Bears running backs retires with the team he helped lead in his prime.

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Matt Forte will end his career with the team he spent eight seasons with.
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Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte announced on Monday that he will be signing a one-day contract with the Bears.

Forte, 32, announced via Instagram on February 28th that he would be retiring after 10 seasons in the NFL. He is coming off of the worst season of his career, achieving career lows in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns with the New York Jets in 2017.

He was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Tulane. He kicked his career off with a bang, rushing for 1,238 yards and eight touchdowns. He also proved to be a reliable weapon in the passing game, as he led the Bears in receptions with 63. That two-way versatility was one of the reasons Forte was such a threat: in his eight seasons in Chicago, he ran for 8,602 yards and 45 touchdowns while also having 487 receptions, 4,116 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Forte left the Bears in 2015 with the second-most rushing yards in franchise history, the second-most receptions, the seventh-most receiving yards and the fourth-most rushing touchdowns. During his span with the team, he was named to two Pro Bowls and topped 1,000 rushing yards five times.

Forte will forever go down as one of the greatest running backs in Chicago Bears history. Now, he gets to end his career with the team that he excelled with for many years.

EDIT: Forte took to Instagram to confirm the report.