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Justin Forsett on “trial separation”: I went with plan and it worked out

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27: Running back Justin Forsett #29 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before playing against the Cincinnati Bengalsat M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens and running back Justin Forsett parted ways briefly over the weekend when the Ravens released the veteran running back as they made the cut to 53 players.

Forsett is back with the team after they used what would have been his roster spot to help create space for two players — safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Carl Davis — they wanted to put on injured reserve with the possibility of returning later in the season. Forsett called the move a “trial separation” and said he was willing to listen to other offers even though the plan was always to return to Baltimore.

“That was the plan,” Forsett said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I felt like if I get a better offer out there, cool. I wasn’t going to turn down $10 million if somebody offered me $10 million. But I always wanted to be back here. At no time is it fun to be in the unemployment line — no matter if it’s planned out. Still, a tough decision had to be made. I’m definitely hungry and ready to get back out there where I’ll never be in that position again.”

Forsett returned for the same base salary of $3 million that he had before his release along with an $100,000 incentive for rushing for more than the 641 yards he got in an injury-shortened 2015 season. With Terrance West, Buck Allen and, once he’s healthy, Kenneth Dixon also expected to see time in the backfield, that hunger should serve him well in a bid for the extra money.

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10 Responses to “Justin Forsett on “trial separation”: I went with plan and it worked out”
  1. annapterp says: Sep 7, 2016 4:19 PM

    A big deal is being made about simple “roster shuffling”. Everything was done within the rules of the NFL and everybody is happy. Why is this still being discussed?

  2. kfoyo808 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:23 PM

    weird. cut, then re-signs for same basic deal. guess that’s a lot of trust between organization/player.

  3. eazeback says: Sep 7, 2016 4:50 PM

    ive got him starting this week….do something for goodness sakes, show me you’re hungry or you will be back in the unemployment line

  4. footballfan441 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:59 PM

    annapterp says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:19 PM

    A big deal is being made about simple “roster shuffling”. Everything was done within the rules of the NFL and everybody is happy. Why is this still being discussed?

    You’re absolutely right. It was within the rules without question and turned out to be a wise move. However, if the Patriots did the same thing, there would be 150 guys on here screaming ‘CHEATERS’. True fact!

  5. tcostant says: Sep 7, 2016 5:08 PM

    I thought he got two years at $2M per.

  6. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:47 PM

    The only time people call the Deflatriots*
    Cheaters, is when they cheat. ( which is a lot)

  7. MikeisWise says: Sep 7, 2016 6:19 PM

    Definitely a lot of trust between the team and player. I enjoy creative maneuvering within the rule books and even as a Bengals fan, I think it’s cool they’ve built that relationship.

  8. cdstackhouse says: Sep 7, 2016 6:51 PM

    footballfan441 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:59 PM

    You’re absolutely right. It was within the rules without question and turned out to be a wise move. However, if the Patriots did the same thing, there would be 150 guys on here screaming ‘CHEATERS’. True fact!

    But the Patriots are cheaters, regardless of this Justin Forsett deal that has nothing to do with them.

  9. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 7, 2016 7:37 PM

    The only time people call the Deflatriots*
    Cheaters, is when they cheat. ( which is a lot)
    ——————————————————-

    And now they’re trading for all the 1 year busts on crappy teams that were drafted in the top 50. When will this immoral behavior stop?

  10. luponatrix says: Sep 7, 2016 9:22 PM

    “This is just a creative genius using the rules to his advantage!”

    -Every Ravens fan, ignoring the fact that their head coach would throw a massive temper tantrum if the Bills or some other opponent on their schedule had done the exact same thing

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