The Ravens said farewell to running back Justin Forsett on Saturday. On Monday, they brought him back — with a slightly better deal than the one he previously had.
Per multiple reports, Forsett’s new two-year deal has the same terms as the contract with two years remaining that the team terminated three days ago, with one difference. Forsett now gets a $100,000 bonus if he rushes for more yards than he did in 2015.
A broken arm limited Forsett to 641 yards last year. In 2014, he rushed for a career-high 1,266.
As a result, Forsett will make the $3 million in base salary he was due to earn before he was cut, a move that ultimately was less about Forsett and more about ensuring that a pair of injured players would be on the active 53-man roster, which is one of the key requirements for a possible return from injured reserve later in the year. Because Forsett has at least four seasons in the league, he wasn’t required to pass through waivers, allowing the Ravens to bring him back quickly and easily.
Could he have signed elsewhere? Absolutely. But with the Ravens willing to reinstate his pay and to dangle an extra $100,000 carrot, Forsett came out of the experience in better financial position than he was.