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    RB Forte, Bears parting ways after 8 seasons

    Matt Forte, the second-most productive running back in franchise history, took to social media Friday to confirm that he’ll no longer be a member of the Chicago Bears.

    “Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” Forte said in an Instagram post. “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.”

    Matt Forte is second only to Walter Payton on the Chicago Bears’ all-time rushing list. Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports

    The 30-year-old Forte spent eight seasons with the Bears, rushing for 8,602 yards and scoring 64 total touchdowns. He led the team in rushing last season with 898 yards and caught 44 passes for 389 yards while scoring seven total touchdowns.

    He earned a base salary of $ 7.050 million with the Bears last season.

    Bears general manager Ryan Pace had turned down Forte’s request for an extension last offseason and appears ready to give a larger role in the offense to Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 537 yards and six TDs in 2015.

    ESPN Staff Writer Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report. – TOP

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