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Fantasy Spin: Matt Forte Signs with the Jets

Matt Forte Signs with Jets
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The New York Jets have agreed to terms with RB Matt Forte on a $12 million deal with $8 million guaranteed. Forte, formerly of the Chicago Bears steps in and replaces Chris Ivory who recently signed with the Jags.

Former Saints RB Khiry Robinson was also signed to a one-year deal with the Jets. His deal is worth $1.175 million with $80,000 guaranteed.

The Jets didn’t stop there.

Bilal Powell was also re-signed to a three-year contract with the Jets worth $11.25 million with $6 million guaranteed. Powell’s new contract is only a little less than what Matt Forte’s getting. Powell missed some time with an ankle injury last season but was a great complement to early-down power-runner Chris Ivory when healthy.

It looks like the Jets will use a heavy time share with their RB’s which isn’t as appealing as when Forte first signed with New York and Powell was rumored to be leaving in free agency.

Forte is entering his ninth season in the NFL and was drawing a lot of interest around the league. The Dolphins and Packers were rumored to be interested but the draw to New York must have been too temping.

Fantasy Perspective: Expect to see a lot of fantasy gurus focus heavily on Forte’s age this off-season. The sleeper of the group will likely be Powell but Forte has excellent hands are could be more valuable than many expect.

There is no denying the workhorse running back is now entering the later part of his career. But Forte does have a proven track record of being relatively healthy over his nine seasons. Forte has missed just eight games in nine years, three of which were from last season.

Powell and Khiry Robinson are going to steal carries, and until we can get a grasp on what this running game will look like it’s probably a committee that is best to be avoided.

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