Free agent running back Matt Forte has agreed to join the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Forte had spent the entirety of his career beforehand with the Chicago Bears. In eight seasons in the Windy City, he accumulated 8,602 rush yards and 45 rushing touchdowns and also added 487 receptions for 4,116 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Sure, Forte is 30 years old, but this is a great move by the Jets. Not only does it provide them with an immediate successor to Chris Ivory, who is headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Forte is an absolute perfect fit for the Jets’ spread offense. He can be a force in the rushing attack as well as in the passing game, and should be just that for the Jets so long as the quarterback situation is resolved soon.
Moreover, the Jets now have their most reliable and consistent running back since Thomas Jones now that Matt Forte is set to come aboard. It may be early to say, but Forte could easily put the Jets in the AFC East crown conversation.
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