Watch: Is Matt Forte set to decline?

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte turns 30 this year. Can the two-time Pro Bowler still play at an All-Pro level and will rookie Jeremy Langford eat into Forte's touches?

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte was a bona fide superstar under former head coach Marc Trestman. Over the past two seasons, Forte averaged more 1,889 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. His 102 receptions last year set an NFL record for catches by a running back.

He's been one of the most productive running backs in the league since the Bears selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Since 2008, he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage (11,431) and games with 150 or more yards from scrimmage (23). He's also third in rushing yards (7,704) and first in both receptions (443) and receiving yardage (3,727) during that seven-year span.

He's one of only 20 players in NFL history to amass more than 7,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards, and is the second fastest ever to reach those plateaus, behind only Marshall Faulk.

Forte is extremely durable, missing just five games in his career, and has gotten better with age. Last season, during which he turned 29, he became just the sixth player in league history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 800 yards receiving in the same season.

Yet Forte will turn 30 this year, the age at which running back typically hit the proverbial wall. Many forecast a steep drop off in production for the "aging" ball carrier.

Fortunately for the Bears, Forte showed no signs of slowing down this off-season. He looked fast and fluid, and showcased his trademark burst during OTAs and minicamp. He's one of the most well-maintained athletes in the game, so there's no real concern about his body wearing down yet.

He's also arguably the greatest pass-catching running back in NFL history, a trait that doesn't fade with age. When you throw in his prowess in pass protection, you still have one of the top three-down backs in the league, one who isn't likely to come off the field much this year.

Forte doesn't turn 30 until December, so expect the Bears to once again ride their bell cow back for what could be his last season in Chicago. That won't leave many touches for backups Jacquizz Rodgers, Ka'Deem Carey and fourth-round rookie Jeremy Langford this year.


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.


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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte was a bona fide superstar under former head coach Marc Trestman. Over the past two seasons, Forte averaged more 1,889 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. His 102 receptions last year set an NFL record for catches by a running back.

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He's been one of the most productive running backs in the league since the Bears selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Since 2008, he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage (11,431) and games with 150 or more yards from scrimmage (23). He's also third in rushing yards (7,704) and first in both receptions (443) and receiving yardage (3,727) during that seven-year span.

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He's one of only 20 players in NFL history to amass more than 7,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards, and is the second fastest ever to reach those plateaus, behind only Marshall Faulk.

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Forte is extremely durable, missing just five games in his career, and has gotten better with age. Last season, during which he turned 29, he became just the sixth player in league history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 800 yards receiving in the same season.

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Yet Forte will turn 30 this year, the age at which running back typically hit the proverbial wall. Many forecast a steep drop off in production for the \"aging\" ball carrier.

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Fortunately for the Bears, Forte showed no signs of slowing down this off-season. He looked fast and fluid, and showcased his trademark burst during OTAs and minicamp. He's one of the most well-maintained athletes in the game, so there's no real concern about his body wearing down yet.

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He's also arguably the greatest pass-catching running back in NFL history, a trait that doesn't fade with age. When you throw in his prowess in pass protection, you still have one of the top three-down backs in the league, one who isn't likely to come off the field much this year.

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Forte doesn't turn 30 until December, so expect the Bears to once again ride their bell cow back for what could be his last season in Chicago. That won't leave many touches for backups Jacquizz Rodgers, Ka'Deem Carey and fourth-round rookie Jeremy Langford this year.

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Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.
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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte was a bona fide superstar under former head coach Marc Trestman. Over the past two seasons, Forte averaged more 1,889 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. His 102 receptions last year set an NFL record for catches by a running back.

He's been one of the most productive running backs in the league since the Bears selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Since 2008, he leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage (11,431) and games with 150 or more yards from scrimmage (23). He's also third in rushing yards (7,704) and first in both receptions (443) and receiving yardage (3,727) during that seven-year span.

He's one of only 20 players in NFL history to amass more than 7,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards, and is the second fastest ever to reach those plateaus, behind only Marshall Faulk.

Forte is extremely durable, missing just five games in his career, and has gotten better with age. Last season, during which he turned 29, he became just the sixth player in league history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 800 yards receiving in the same season.

Yet Forte will turn 30 this year, the age at which running back typically hit the proverbial wall. Many forecast a steep drop off in production for the \"aging\" ball carrier.

Fortunately for the Bears, Forte showed no signs of slowing down this off-season. He looked fast and fluid, and showcased his trademark burst during OTAs and minicamp. He's one of the most well-maintained athletes in the game, so there's no real concern about his body wearing down yet.

He's also arguably the greatest pass-catching running back in NFL history, a trait that doesn't fade with age. When you throw in his prowess in pass protection, you still have one of the top three-down backs in the league, one who isn't likely to come off the field much this year.

Forte doesn't turn 30 until December, so expect the Bears to once again ride their bell cow back for what could be his last season in Chicago. That won't leave many touches for backups Jacquizz Rodgers, Ka'Deem Carey and fourth-round rookie Jeremy Langford this year.


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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