On Friday, he announced the end of his run with the Chicago Bears in an emotional Instagram post.
"Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte wrote. "I was informed earlier this week from the [general manager] that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency."
Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirmed the news.
"We recently met with Matt to inform him we will not extend a contract offer for the 2016 season," Pace said, per ESPN.com. "These decisions are never easy, especially given what Matt has meant to our team and community. We have a tremendous amount of respect for him."
Forte, 30, accumulated almost 13,000 total yards and 64 touchdowns over eight seasons with the Bears. He twice made the Pro Bowl, with five career 1,000-yard rushing seasons and just eight missed games. In 2014, Forte set the NFL record for a running back with 102 receptions. He also leads the NFL in touches and yards from scrimmage since entering the league in 2008.
Here, we'll look at the best potential matches for Forte in free agency. These teams have the need and system for him, as he'll likely prioritize fit and winning over money on the open market next month.