The Baltimore Ravens and Justin Forsett have reached an agreement on a three-year, $9 million contract on Thursday afternoon.
Forsett was drawing interest from the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts, but Baltimore remained his first choice throughout the process.
Forsett was an unrestricted free agent coming off a career year in which he earned the veteran minimum of $730,000. He rushed for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns and added another 263 yards on 44 receptions. He led all running backs with 5.3 yards per carry.
Stepping in as the Ravens lead back following the Ray Rice ordeal, the veteran back took full advantage of his knowledge of Gary Kubiak‘s zone-blocking scheme in his breakout season. New offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has stated he will keep most of the zone-blocking tactics in place. Trestman will also take advantage of Forsett’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
The $9 million over three years is minimal compared to some of the other contracts running backs have been inking around the league. LeSean McCoy will earn $26.55 million in guaranteed money. DeMarco Murray will get $21 million. Forsett’s deal is similar to that of Roy Helu, who signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Oaklnad Raiders.
The Ravens can now put their focus on addressing other positions on offense such as wide receiver, tight end and a backup quarterback. The team has lost Torrey Smith, Tyrod Taylor and Owen Daniels to free agency.
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