Forte says Cowboys, Bucs, Patriots, Packers were interested

AP

In his introductory press conference as a member of the New York Jets, running back Matt Forte elaborated on the other teams that were pursuing the eight-year veteran.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, Forte said that Cowboys and Buccaneers had significant interest, and that the Packers and Patriots had minor interest.

In Tampa, the interest in Forte was an obvious hedge against the Bucs failing to keep running back Doug Martin. Once Martin agreed to terms, the Bucs were out of the Forte business.

The Cowboys, Packers, and Patriots made no similar alternative arrangements, which puts each of them in play for help at the position, via free agency or the draft. With the market softened, each of the three are in position to get an affordable option at tailback, from Chris Johnson to Arian Foster to LeGarrette Blount to Joique Bell to James Starks to Alfred Morris.