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Ravens sign Justin Forsett to same deal, plus a little more

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Justin Forsett #29 of the Baltimore Ravens runs through the block of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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19 Responses to “Ravens sign Justin Forsett to same deal, plus a little more”
  1. newsletterczar says: Sep 6, 2016 6:04 PM

    Good for him as an “older” running back. It smells fishy but no one was going to pay him that kind of money anywhere else.

  2. coloradocowboy says: Sep 6, 2016 6:11 PM

    There HAS to be something more to this. Like his old contract didn’t have “split” pay for IR or something and the new one does.

  3. justintuckrule says: Sep 6, 2016 6:32 PM

    oh those tricky ravens.

  4. tb12x4 says: Sep 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    who is the starter now?

  5. hailtothenamechange says: Sep 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    I don’t think there’s anything more to it. Ravens gain the option to reinstate one of those guys from IR and Forsett gains $100k.

  6. backintheday99 says: Sep 6, 2016 6:56 PM

    The old 54 man roster trick.

    And Harbaugh is always moaning about other people abusing the rules…

  7. jackedupboonie says: Sep 6, 2016 7:08 PM

    This is possibly that 1 out of 100 time where a player isn’t fleeced just to stay employed by their team.

  8. ravens2014 says: Sep 6, 2016 7:42 PM

    “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.”

    that wasn’t originally in the post. i told them that in the comments and it was added. hence the comments not making sense.

  9. silverhornet says: Sep 6, 2016 7:52 PM

    shenanigans!

  10. jmethane says: Sep 6, 2016 8:04 PM

    Why doesn’t every team do this? Seahawks wanted to keep Pope on the practice squad but he got scooped up. I guess they want to do things by the book.

    Add the Ravens to the list of teams that dont.

  11. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 6, 2016 8:13 PM

    Nobody really expects the Ravens to follow the rules……they’d first have to know what the rules are.

  12. ravens2014 says: Sep 6, 2016 8:24 PM

    jmethane says:
    Sep 6, 2016 8:04 PM
    Why doesn’t every team do this? Seahawks wanted to keep Pope on the practice squad but he got scooped up. I guess they want to do things by the book.

    you cant do it with a player eligible for the practice squad. they would have to pass through waivers. it only works with vested veterans who would be free agents and not have to go on the waiver wire.

  13. jag1959 says: Sep 6, 2016 8:52 PM

    jmethane says:
    Sep 6, 2016 8:04 PM
    Why doesn’t every team do this? Seahawks wanted to keep Pope on the practice squad but he got scooped up. I guess they want to do things by the book.

    Add the Ravens to the list of teams that dont.
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    And add you to the list of people that don’t understand how any of this works, even when part of the answer was in the article. 12’s…smh

  14. spartan01 says: Sep 6, 2016 11:22 PM

    He will blow past 641 yards in two games against the abysmal Steelers D.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 6, 2016 11:26 PM

    Expect the Ravens to bench him for the season as soon as he hits 640 yards. That flacco contract doesn’t pay for itself ya know.

  16. baselman1974 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:31 AM

    Newsome and DeCosta are geniuses and skirting around the rules. That’s where Belicheck must have learned his slick moves when he was coaching the Cleveland Browns.

  17. sbchampsagain says: Sep 7, 2016 9:09 AM

    Forsett could have signed elsewhere. But no one offered him his same contract, PLUS $100K extra AND an easy-to-hit incentive level (topping 641 yards) allowing him to earn even more.
    Nice move by the Ravens. No wonder they land the quality free agents.

  18. RegisHawk says: Sep 7, 2016 9:30 AM

    It avoids the “If a vet is on the roster at the beginning of the season, his contract is guaranteed” deal.

  19. jmethane says: Sep 7, 2016 5:01 PM

    You guys…

    Of course I got it. I was just suggesting that the Seahawks could cut any one of their starters and do the same thing to keep pope on the team.

    Heck, they could cut Russell Wilson and then bring him back after getting pope on the practice squad just to make a point.

    This is no big deal because of who it was. Imagine if they had cut Joe Flacco to do it. People would’ve been like What The…cheaters!

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