Free agent running back Matt Forte has agreed to terms with the New York Jets. He’ll replace Chris Ivory in the backfield, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
His deal will become official later today at the 4 pm start of free agency.
On the Jets, he’ll join wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the offensive side of the ball. They were previously teammates on the Chicago Bears, before Marshall was traded to the Jets last off-season.
Forte — who spent his entire career with the Bears before this signing — led the NFL with 12,718 all-purpose yards since 2008, his rookie season. However, in Feb., the team informed the veteran that they would not re-sign him.
Head coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace are expected to rely heavily on soph. running back Jeremy Langford this season.
In his eight seasons in the Windy City, he was second in the team’s record books, only trailing Hall of Famer Walter Payton.
Forte — who missed three games this past season with an MCL sprain — had a team-high 898 yards. He also had 44 receptions for 398 yards.
Just two years ago, Forte had a 102 receptions in the season, which set an NFL record for a running back. They drafted him in the second-round of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing collegiate football with the Tulane Green Wave.
Forte is expected to be the Jets featured back. The team has to decided what to do with Bilal Powell, who is also a free agent.
He may not return now with Forte in the fold.
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