During the 2017 season, Matt Forte failed to reach 800 yards for the first time in his career. The running back probably won’t have a chance to redeem himself with the New York Jets.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini said the veteran’s “days are numbered” in New York, where Forte has spent the last two seasons.
“His expected release will save $3 million against the cap, creating more opportunities for the younger backs.”
According to Spotrac, Forte would earn $4 million next season. However, as Cimini alluded to, the Jets will only be responsible for $1 million if they move on from Forte.
Near the end of the 2017 campaign, Calvin Watkins of Newsday reported Forte “wants to play again” but recognizes that 32-year-old running backs don’t have a sterling history of success in the NFL.
Forte battled injuries throughout the season, tying a career low with 12 appearances and trudging to personal-worst marks of four starts, 103 carries, 381 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 293 yards and one score.
Teams likely no longer view Forte as a starter, but he could be valued for his versatility in a backup role.