The Chicago Bears will not re-sign running back Matt Forte. He confirmed the news on Instagram. Forte has spent his entire career in Chicago after being drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft.
Forte has been extremely productive since entering the NFL. He has five seasons with 1000+ yards rushing and six seasons with 400+ yards receiving. He has equaled or eclipsed 1200 yards from scrimmage every season of his career. In 2014, Forte totaled 102 receptions, which is an NFL record for running backs.
Two teams that would make sense for Forte are the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement on Twitter during the Super Bowl, so the ‘Hawks could be looking to bolster their backfield. And while Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls looks like he could be the top back, it can’t hurt adding a player as talented and versatile as Forte. The Cowboys haven’t found a feature back since RB DeMarco Murray walked in free agency one year ago, and Forte could help take pressure off of quarterback Tony Romo.
Multiple teams are expected to pursue Forte, who could be very productive in the right system. He is very dynamic, and can make a big impact both running and catching the football.