Former Bears Matt Forte, Devin Hester to sign 1-day contracts, retire in Chicago
The Chicago Bears have done a solid job of shoring up a young, talented core this NFL offseason. However, it seems they will also be looking to honor a couple of former members of that group as well.
Before their recent stretch of mediocrity, the Bears were led by two of the most exciting playmakers in the game in running back Matt Forte and return specialist Devin Hester. According to Chris Emma of 670 The Score, the team will honor their time in Chicago by signing them to a one-day contract to retire as a Bear:
Matt Forte and Devin Hester will sign one-day contracts and officially retire with the Chicago Bears on Monday.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) April 18, 2018
It goes without saying that the two are more than deserving of the recognition. Both had left a tremendous mark on the game while they were still in Chicago.
Forte proved to be an immediate steal after the Bears selected him with the 44th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He quickly established himself as one of the most lethal weapons in the NFL thanks to his versatile skill set as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. Forte finished behind only Walter Payton as the team’s all-time leading rusher after registering 8,602 yards in his eight-year career in Chicago. He also hauled in 487 catches for 4,116 yards and 19 touchdowns en route to two Pro Bowl selections.
Meanwhile, Hester burst onto the scene a couple of years before that by becoming one of the most prolific returners in history in just his rookie campaign. He will forever be remembered as the first and only player to return the opening kickoff in the Super Bowl for a touchdown. Not surprisingly, he currently holds the NFL record for total return touchdowns (20), and punt return touchdowns (14).