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Matt Forte | Running Back | #22

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Tulane
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (44) / CHI
Contract: view contract details
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Matt Forte told reporters the Jets view him "as an every-down back."
New York's actions after signing Forte paint a different picture. The team re-signed third-down back Bilal Powell to a three-year, $11.25 million deal and took a flier on early-down grinder Khiry Robinson in free agency. Powell, who is not making much less than Forte, should steal some passing-down snaps, and Robinson is the best bet for short-yardage work if he sticks on the roster. A workhorse in Chicago, Forte will likely see his touches diminish with the Jets. Mar 14 - 10:56 AM

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The base value of Matt Forte's three-year deal with the Jets is $12 million with $8 million guaranteed.

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports Forte can earn another $4 million through incentives. Forte wound up with the smallest annual average ($4 million) among this year's top free agent running backs, as Doug Martin landed $7.15 million per year in Tampa Bay, Lamar Miller got a $6.5 million average from Houston, and Chris Ivory received $6.4 million annually from the Jaguars.
Mar 10 - 10:08 AM

Jets agreed to terms with RB Matt Forte, formerly of the Bears.

The 30-year-old running back was also drawing interest from the Dolphins, who hired Forte's ex-OC Adam Gase as head coach. Forte takes the lead in a backfield that's lost Chris Ivory to the Jaguars, and will likely be watching Bilal Powell walk, as well. Forte has averaged just 4.0 yards per carry over the past two seasons, but remains one of the league's most versatile backs. He is an elite pass catcher out of the backfield. He'll likely be a part of a committee with another free agent or draft pick, but will undoubtedly be chairman. As long as he stays healthy, Forte will likely remain a top-18 fantasy back for 2016.
Mar 9 - 3:07 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets and Dolphins are interested in free agent Matt Forte.

Forte has now been connected to three teams, with Green Bay joining Miami and New York. Forte would be an excellent stopgap fit for the Jets, but a more curious addition in Miami, where the Dolphins seem poised to let one of the best young backs in the NFL, Lamar Miller, walk. The Dolphins seem intent on loading up on other teams' castoffs this offseason.
Mar 9 - 1:14 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers are "expressing interest" in free agent Matt Forte.

Forte would have to be open to a committee with Eddie Lacy in Green Bay, but is known to be looking for a contender. It's still an unlikely fit. GM Ted Thompson is pathologically averse to opening his wallet to outside free agents, and it's hard to believe the Pack will be offering the 30-year-old Forte top dollar. If nothing else, it serves as a message to Lacy. If Forte does end up in Green Bay, he'd be a deluxe third-down back with Lacy attempting to hammer away on early downs.
Mar 8 - 1:33 PM

According to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, "word is" Julius Peppers has been trying to "recruit" free agent Matt Forte to Green Bay.

Peppers spent four years with Forte in Chicago, before rejuvenating his career with the Packers the past two seasons. Forte is also known to be seeking work on a contender. Packers GM Ted Thompson is one of the NFL's most frugal general managers when it comes to free agency, so Forte would have to come affordably. In Green Bay, Forte would form a one-two punch with Eddie Lacy.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 7 - 8:46 AM

One source at the Combine predicted free agent Matt Forte will be "hard pressed" to command more than $3 million annually on the open market.

Earlier this month, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler predicted Forte would be "lucky" to command $4 million annually after speaking to "a few NFL folks." Forte turns 31 toward the end of the 2016 season, and aging running backs rarely hit it big in free agency. On the other hand, Forte has been publicly open about his desire to play for a contending team and is willing to sacrifice money.
Feb 29 - 1:47 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells doesn't see impending free agent Matt Forte as a fit for Indianapolis.

Frank Gore isn't the Colts' long-term answer at running back but neither is Forte, who turned 30 in December. The idea of Gore and Forte forming a one-two punch, though appealing to the Colts, probably wouldn't interest Forte. Instead of pursuing a running back, the Colts would be wise to beef up their offensive line to create more running room for Gore.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 12:29 PM

After speaking to "a few NFL folks," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes free agent Matt Forte will be "lucky" to command more than $4 million per year on the open market.

"The life of a 30-year-old back," added Fowler. On February 5, Forte told NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes that "it ain't about the money ... I'm trying to get a Super Bowl." Forte's market shouldn't become overly pricey, and it sounds like he's satisfied with that. Forte is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent running back, behind Doug Martin and just ahead of Lamar Miller.
Feb 12 - 8:30 PM

The Bears have informed free agent Matt Forte they won't be re-signing him.

"Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte wrote. "I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency." The writing has been on the wall for months. Forte's agent tried to engage in extension talks during the season, but was shot down by GM Ryan Pace. Chicago will move forward with Jeremy Langford and a younger group. Forte turned 30 in December and has been connected to the Patriots as a potential match.
Feb 12 - 10:27 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes free agent Matt Forte "could be a perfect fit" with the Patriots.

The price would have to be right -- the Pats aren't the sort of team to pay top dollar for a 30-year-old running back -- but on paper there isn't a better fit across the league than Forte in Foxboro. Reiss previously suggested the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing Forte. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent, while space back Dion Lewis is rehabbing a torn ACL.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 10 - 8:13 PM

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston believes the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing impending free agent Matt Forte.

The Patriots were painfully one-dimensional on offense after losing Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to season-ending injuries. Forte would be a tremendous upgrade for New England, particularly given his all-around skill set.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 7 - 8:26 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said impending free agent Matt Forte's chances of returning to Chicago are "slight."

Forte admitted in December his chances of returning were minimal, and the two sides have not had any meaningful contract talks. With Doug Martin likely to stay in Tampa Bay, Forte and Lamar Miller will be the top running backs available in free agency. Despite turning 30 in December, Forte should get plenty of interest on the open market.
Source: ESPN
Jan 28 - 9:49 AM

Matt Forte rushed 17 times for 76 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Lions.

What may be impending free agent Forte's final year in a Bears uniform ends with a rushing line of 218-898-4, and a receiving line of 44-389-3. Still a quality starter at age 30, Forte's fantasy production was limited by three missed games due to injury and a second-half timeshare with Jeremy Langford, who may be Chicago's running back of the future. If Forte does hit the open market, expect savvy teams like the Patriots to show interest assuming his asking price is reasonable. Forte still has a ton to offer as an all-purpose threat, even if he isn't best utilized as a 20 carry-per-game workhorse any longer.
Jan 3 - 3:55 PM

Matt Forte is active for Week 17 against the Lions.

He entered the game listed as questionable with a back injury, but will try to give it a go in what may be Forte's final game played at Soldier Field. Jeremy Langford should still mix in for double-digit touches. The Bears' Week 17 inactives are C Hroniss Grasu, DE Jarvis Jenkins, WR Eddie Royal, CB Jacoby Glenn, OL Tayo Fabuluje, and DT Terry Williams.
Jan 3 - 11:54 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Geno Smith
2Bryce Petty
3Christian Hackenberg
RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3Khiry Robinson
4Zac Stacy
5Dri Archer
GLB1Matt Forte
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
FB1Tommy Bohanon
2Julian Howsare
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Quincy Enunwa
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Charone Peake
5Joseph Anderson
WR21Eric Decker
2Devin Smith
3Jeremy Ross
4Chandler Worthy
5Titus Davis
WR31Quincy Enunwa
TE1Kellen Davis
2Jace Amaro
3Zach Sudfeld
4Brandon Bostick
5Adrien Robinson
LT1Ryan Clady
2Ben Ijalana
3Luke Marquardt
LG1James Carpenter
2Craig Watts
3Sean Hickey
C1Nick Mangold
2Wesley Johnson
3Kyle Friend
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
3Jarvis Harrison
RT1Breno Giacomini
2Brent Qvale
3Brandon Shell
4Jesse Davis
K1Nick Folk
2Ross Martin