The Green Bay Packers could wind up being a perfect fit for the hottest free-agent name on the market this offseason.
Matt Forte was informed by the Chicago Bears this week that he won't be re-signed.
The perennially underrated tailback will hit unrestricted free agency in March with an impressive resume.
The Packers made no secret of their displeasure with Eddie Lacy's 2015 campaign and are expected to let James Starks test the market. Though general manager Ted Thompson often seems allergic to splashy free-agent moves, adding Forte could be just what the Packers need to kick their offense into the next gear (and light a fire under Lacy's ample buttocks).
Forte probably wouldn't maximize his earnings in Green Bay, but perhaps the chance to get revenge on the Bears twice a year and contend for a Lombardi Trophy would be appealing enough for him to agree to a bargain deal.
Forte, 30, spent eight seasons with the Bears, rushing for 8,602 yards and scoring 64 total touchdowns. As a team captain, he led the Bears 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 $7.05 million with the Bears last season.
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 touchdowns in 2015.
Forte ranks second, behind only Hall of Famer Walter Payton, on the Bears' all-time lists for rushing yards, yards from scrimmage (12,718), receptions (487) and 100-yard games (24). He's third in total touchdowns and sixth in receiving yards (4,116).
This once rival could turn out to be a huge addition for Green Bay, if the team decides he is worth taking a risk on.
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