1:36pm: The deal will pay Forsett about $3MM per year, a source tells Wilson (on Twitter).
1:27pm: The Ravens have reached an agreement with free agent running back Justin Forsett, ensuring the veteran remains with the team for at least the 2015 season, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter). According to Schefter, it’s a three-year deal for Forsett.
The Ravens have maintained interest throughout the process but were said to be ready to bow out of the bidding if it got too rich for their blood. At one time, some connected Forsett to the Broncos where he could reunite with Gary Kubiak, but he downplayed the likelihood of a reunion, noting that the Broncos have multiple tailbacks under contract, including C.J. Anderson. At the same time, he made it clear to anyone who would listen that he wanted to rejoin the Ravens.
“I would like to stay in Baltimore, but it is a business and I’m looking for a commitment. However that comes, I just want to be able to take care of my family,” the veteran said.
While he won’t have Kubiak, new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman is expected to keep many of the same principles that Baltimore’s run game used in 2014. Forsett was never regarded as one of the league’s better halfbacks, but after gaining 1,266 yards on the ground, he established himself as a bonafide starter and he’ll look to have a repeat performance for Baltimore in 2015.
The 29-year-old played 2014 under a one-year, $730K deal after being released by the Jaguars. Because he was on a minimum salary benefit contract, he wasn’t eligible to sign a multi-year deal with Baltimore until the official start of free agency. If not for that, it’s likely that the two sides would have hammered something out in advance of March 10th.