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Justin Forsett: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free Agent RB

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 12 Feb 2015

A year ago, Justin Forsett was one bad training camp away from being out of football for good. After a surprising breakout 2014 campaign, Forsetts become one of the most coveted free agents on the market.Continue for updates.Forsett: "I'm Looking for Commitment"Thursday, Feb. 12Dave Birkett of theDetroit Free Pressprovided a statemen from Forsett discussing his future and the possibility of playing with the Detroit Lions:'I'm not opposed to anywhere,' [Forsett said]. 'Like I said, I'm looking for commitment and if they can bring it, that could be a possibility.'[...]He said his first choice is to stay in Baltimore, but after playing for four different teams the last four years, he mostly wants a place to call home.'Commitment, man,' Forsett said. 'I've been bouncing around this league for a while and I want to be able to have my family in one spot, so at least for the next couple years I want to be in one spot.'[...]'I would love to stay in Baltimore,' Forsett said. 'But it's a business thing, whoever can make (a commitment) happen.'Forsett, 29, rushed for a career-best 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns during his first season in Baltimore. Signed in the offseason due to his familiarity with Gary Kubiaks zone-blocking system, most viewed Forsett as a fungible camp body on a roster already filled with running backs.One Ray Rice scandal later, Forsett was the Ravens leading rusher in Week 1 and embarking on a renaissance seasons. The Cal product slowly but surely jettisoned Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro from the rotation, emerging as the NFLs most effective back on a per-carry basis.Forsetts 5.4 yards per carry led the league and his 17 carries of 20 yards or longer were also an NFL best. DeMarco Murray was the only other back to have at least 10. Football Outsiders' DYAR metric ranked him the 11th-best back in football, while his breakaway run percentagedwarfed all other competitors, per Pro Football Focus.The result was Forsett's first Pro Bowl berth, an unthinkable result given where his career was when he arrived in Baltimore. A pleasant surprise in Seattle as former seventh-round pick, Forsett's career with the Seahawks stalled when they acquired Marshawn Lynch and installed him as the workhorse back. After receiving more than 100 carries in 2009 and 2010, Forsett was excised from the rotation and landed in Houston by 2012.While he showed promise under Kubiak, Forsett was again forced to sit behind a more touted runner and departed again for Jacksonville. The Jaguars had another incumbent, Maurice Jones-Drew, blocking him and he was limited to six carries after a foot injury prematurely ended his season. On the brink of being out of football, one would understand why Forsett has an interest in sticking with Baltimore."I'm blessed to have the opportunity to show what I can do," Forsett told Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. "It's been a long time coming and I just want to build on it. I would love to stay here and be a Raven, but there's a business part of that. I've experienced a lot of the business side of it, but hopefully we can get something done."Odds are it won't cost Baltimore much to keep him if it so chooses. Forsett, despite his limited carry load, will turn 30 in October, an age that has not trated running backs kindly, historically. Even if you consider Forsett an atypical 30-year-old (and he is), teams are going to be hesitant to offer him much in the way of long-term money. Forsett might attract a salary on the higher end of what free-agent running backs are going to be offered, but it'd be a surprise to see any contract stretch longer than two years.Even if a team added a third year, the contract would probably be structured so it carries minimal guarantees. The Ravens draftedTaliaferro in the fourth round last year and haveFitzgerald Toussaint hanging around if they want to go elsewhere. But both sides should be able to work something out if they want to get it done.Follow Tyler Conway (@tylerconway22) on Twitter
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