Jets Shopping RB Matt Forte

The Jets have gauged the trade market for running back Matt Forte, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. He’s healthy now, but it will still be difficult to find a taker for his contract. "<strong

Forte is owed $4MM in guaranteed salary for the coming season, a huge number for an aging running back on the back nine of his career. I’d imagine that the Jets will have to eat at least half of that money in order to make a deal happen.

Following eight productive seasons with the Bears, Forte joined the Jets last offseason on a three-year, $12MM deal with $8MM guaranteed. Forte went on to record career-lows in rushing yards (813), receptions (30), and receiving yards (263) during his first season with the team.

The 31-year-old was once one of the league’s top running backs, but knee and shoulder injuries have caught up with him. He was placed on IR in December of last season after admitting that he played with a torn meniscus for much of the year.

The Jets are planning to use Forte and Bilal Powell as their lead backs, but they’ll gladly reconfigure things if they can find someone to take on the money owed to Forte.

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9 comments on “Jets Shopping RB Matt Forte

  1. jackson swinkle

    I could see him going to the Dolphins as they are trying to trade Landry and Ajayi is super injury prone / Bust candidate. Also maybe browns where he could act like a recieving back to compliment Crowell and an upgrade to duke johnson. A veteran would also compliment kiser, and the browns have multiple people on the trade block.

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    • PasswordIsPassword

      Johnson has back to back 500 yard receiving seasons

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      • diehardcubfan

        Not to mention he is the 3rd down back and possible slot receiver.

        Crowell has had some injury history which is why Duke was a late fantasy flyer (in a deep league)

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  2. diehardcubfan

    Baltimore could be an interesting landing
    spot for Forte. Assuming the Jets east some money they could get a 6th rounder back.

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  3. LA Sam

    Well….it’s an ’85…..from here to the moon n back milage…..n gas is gonna run ya bout 8 mill……just wanna be fair n let ya know I got a guy comin in 45 mins., real excited bout opportunity to own this classic…..

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  4. Armaday

    The Jets want to have the least amount of playmakers on this offense. Forte may get them a backup OL, while still eating some salary. They are very serious about landing their franchise QB in next years draft.

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