By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Jets have been cutting ties with veterans over the past several months. Apparently, the team is not done yet.
As the Jets go into a rebuilding season, which could lead to yet another change in the front office and head coach, the team is shopping running back Matt Forte. They would like to trade him and try to get something for the veteran.
Forte is entering the final-year of his contract after signing a two-year deal with the team in 2016. The team is gauging other teams interest before the NFL‘s mandated 53-man rosters are set this weekend.
This may explain why the Jets attempted to showcase Forte in the team’s third preseason game of the season against the New York Giants on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. In what is normally a dress rehearsal for the starters, he played more than normal time.
With the splurge of veterans being released by the team, it’s surprising as to why Forte has kept a roster spot thus far. The team already has a reliable replacement in Bilal Powell, who would become the starter once Forte is traded or released.
During his first campaign with the Jets, Forte appeared in 14 games, including 13 starts. He had 218 carries for 813 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 263 yards and an additional score.
In eight-years with the Chicago Bears, he made a 120 starts in his career there. He had 2,035 carries for 8,602 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns. He also had 487 receptions for 4,116 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.
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