Number 22 Matt Forte has been an amazing running back for the Chicago Bears. He has rushed for the 2nd most yards in Bears’ history behind Hall of Famer Walter Payton. Forte has been with Chicago since 2008. In the last eight years of his career he has appeared in 2 pro bowls in 2011 and 2013, totaling 8,600 yards and an astonishing 45 touchdowns.
Matt Forte is turning 31 this year and that is very old for a NFL football player, especially for a running back with the kind of miles that Forte has. This offseason Matt Forte will be a free agent and he has to make the decision if he wants to stay with the Bears or leave and perhaps end up in Dallas or with the Jets. The Bears have a decent young running back named Jeremy Langford, so if the Bears have faith in Langford and believe Forte is too old then the Bears front office will not resign Forte. He has told the press that he wanted to stay time and again. He has been quoted saying “Everyone’s acting like I won’t be back. I can be back” and “I want to retire a Bear. They have to want the same thing”. The management thus far has not responded favorably on the topic of a return for Mr. Reliable.
There are many Pros and Cons to Forte staying and leaving. One pro is that when or if Forte leaves a huge chunk of money will be able to be spent on other free agents such as pro bowler Von Miller or new superstar corner Josh Norman. A con to Forte leaving is that you are depending on a second year running back from Michigan State to be your star in your offense. From the limited sample we have, Langford has been very capable in spelling the aging Forte and even taking on the feature role when Matt was injured.
Whether Forte stays or leaves, he will be remembered in Bears lore forever and as one of the best all-purpose backs in NFL history. So, on behalf of Chicago Sports Daily and fans everywhere, thank you Matt Forte for all of the hours you put in in blue and orange. We’ll miss you.