‘Bout That Time For The Patriots To Swoop In And Give Matt Forte A Shot At A Ring Like Thousands Of Others Before Him
Matt Forte announced this morning that, against his wishes, he will not be a member of the Chicago Bears next year. It feels like the veteran RB has been a magnificent runner, as well as receiver out of the backfield, for that organization for longer than his eight years -- but time kills the running back, especially when a promising backup in Jeremy Langford awaits.
Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end. 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!
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Forte leaves the Bears as the team's second all-time leading rusher (runner up to the great Walter Payton) with 8,602 yards and another 4,000+ through the air.
So what's next for Forte?
We all know what's next for Forte.
He's going to the god damn Patriots, isn't he?
That's mere speculation at this point, of course -- the dude just announced he's leaving Chicago, and there are plenty of other teams that will want to kick the tires and offer him at least a substantial portion of the starting role in their backfield. Here's a preliminary list of teams that also makes sense: Jets, Dolphins, Packers (!), Broncos, Seahawks, maybe the Texans if they move on from Arian Foster. And that's just the maybe-contenders and the actual contenders -- the Titans and the Jaguars also probably want the shit out of Forte.
But you just know the Patriots are going to find some way to sign this dude. He'll join the ranks of other great RBs who ended their careers in New England, gunning for a title: Corey Dillon, Fred Taylor, Steven Jackson (whoops). It's not just backs, either -- the Pats have made a dynasty out of taking washed-up veterans and turning them into contributors (Junior Seau and Rob Ninkovich, anyone?). He's got the perfect skill set: A workhorse that bangs it between the tackles and also catches passes -- two things that the Patriots love but don't have in just one guy.
It'll be really annoying because everyone likes Forte -- even his NFC North opponents have to respect him -- and then he'll go to the Patriots and we'll have to root against him, as is tradition.
Oh well. It was fun while it lasted, Matt. Have fun either winning the Super Bowl or losing in the AFC championship game.
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