Tuesday brought word that the Packers were showing interest in running back Matt Forte, who will become a free agent on Wednesday afternoon and has already been told that he won’t be returning to the Bears for the 2016 season.
As you’d expect with a player with Forte’s resume, the Packers aren’t the only team that has him on their radar. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Jets and Dolphins are also interested in the veteran back and adds that his market could “heat up” once other backs sign deals.
Both AFC East teams appear to be on the verge of losing their leading rushers from last season in free agency. Chris Ivory has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Jaguars and the Jets could also lose Bilal Powell once the new league year gets underway. Meanwhile, Lamar Miller has been linked with a move from Miami to Houston.
At this point in his career, Forte should probably be paired with another back to keep the wear and tear from catching up with him over the course of the season. He’s remained effective as both a runner and receiver, though, and would make sense as a short-term option for many teams.