February 12, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Bears moving on from Matt Forte
The Chicago Bears and star running back Matt Forte's tenure together is coming to an end. Forte announced on Instagram that he's been informed he won't be re-signed. "Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte announced. "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!" Forte has 12,718 yards from scrimmage since being drafted in the second round by the Bears in 2008, rushing for 8,602 yards. He has 487 catches for 4,116 receiving yards. "We recently met with Matt to inform him we will not extend a contract offer for the 2016 season," general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. "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." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.