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What's trending in the NFL: Matt Forte done in Chicago; behind Peyton Manning's big decision

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The writing was on the wall for Forte in Chicago (1:18)

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson breaks down the Bears' decision to not re-sign running back, which was foreshadowed when the team didn't offer him a contract before last season. (1:18)

Here are the top stories from Friday:

Running back Matt Forte and the Bears are parting ways after eight seasons. Field Yates and NFL Nation reporters examined potential landing spots for Forte, while Jeff Dickerson takes a look back at Forte's time in Chicago.

Matthew Berry unveils his very early 2016 fantasy football rankings, with Cam Newton at No. 1 for quarterbacks.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton posts Instagram message: "I will win my way" (by David Newton)

From Johnette Howard's story on why Peyton Manning's decision on retirement might not be so easy: "The romanticized notion of going out on top with a Super Bowl win has a storybook pull that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will certainly feel as he considers whether to retire after 18 seasons. But even in that kind of best-case scenario, the deliberations that many NFL players go through before they get down to nitty-gritty details such as actually saying the words "I'm done" aren't always easy."

From Scott Kacsmar's story on three teams that can follow the Broncos' blueprintInsider: "The ability to get pressure with minimal blitzing while having strong ball skills in the secondary is exactly what worked so well for Denver this postseason. The Chiefs can do that if they can bring back the roster with better health and experience on their side."

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is "super excited" about Hue Jackson hiring (by Pat McManamon)

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib fined $26,044 for Super Bowl 50 penalties (by Jeff Legwold)

From Mel Kiper Jr.'s story on the top pass-rushers in the 2016 NFL draftInsider: "In a copycat league, anyone who watched the Denver Broncos completely dismantle the NFL's highest-scoring offense in the Super Bowl had to be thinking, "I gotta get one of those." Now, plenty of teams have a great pass-rusher, but Von Miller's performance in particular -- and no, I'm not forgetting DeMarcus Ware -- was a reminder of what we've seen over the past few years in the playoffs. A great quarterback can get you into the playoffs, but teams that can disrupt those quarterbacks are getting to (and winning) the Super Bowl."

From KC Joyner's story on why the Eagles need to re-sign quarterback Sam BradfordInsider at all costs: "Bradford has almost always fared well in my bad decision rate (BDR) metric that gauges how often a quarterback makes a mental error that leads to a turnover opportunity for the opposing team. The league average in BDR is usually about 1.5 percent. The best decision-makers will post a BDR of less than 1.0 percent, while the worst decision-makers will have a 2.0 percent or higher rate."


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From ESPN Stats & Information research: Since Matt Forte entered the league in 2008, he has 715 more yards from scrimmage than any other player.