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Forte to sign one-day contract, retire as a Bear

By The Sports Xchange
Forte to sign one-day contract, retire as a Bear
Recently retired New York Jets running back Matt Forte looks for running room during a game against the New England Patriots in 2016. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Running back Matt Forte will sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Chicago Bears.

Forte made the statement on NBC Sports Chicago on Monday after declaring last week that he would retire after 10 NFL seasons.

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A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Forte amassed 8,602 of his 9,796 career rushing yards with the Bears from 2008-2015. He also set a franchise record for receptions (102) by a running back in a single season in 2014.

Forte accumulated 14,468 yards from scrimmage (9,796 rushing, 4,672 receiving) and 75 total touchdowns (54 rushing, 21 receiving) in 146 career games with the Bears and New York Jets.

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Forte's career effectively ended when he landed on injured reserve in Week 17 after battling a chronic knee injury. The 32-year-old finished with career lows in rushing attempts (103), rushing yards (381) and touchdowns (two) last season with the Jets, with whom he signed a three-year, $12 million contract in 2016.

Forte began his NFL career with a flourish, as he rushed for 1,238 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season after being selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Tulane. He went on to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four of the next six seasons, earning Pro Bowl nods in 2011 and 2013.

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Forte ranks second in Bears' history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton in rushing yards (8,602), receiving yards by a running back (4,116), yards from scrimmage (12,718), 100-yard rushing games (24), scrimmage yards per game (106.0) and games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage (25).

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