Not only did Mike Maccagnan upgrade the running back position after Chris Ivory went to Jacksonville, he also got Forte for less money. According to Manish Mehta and Seth Walder of the Daily News Forte's deal is for three years and $12 million dollars total. That's a $4 million a year average compared to the $6 million per year contract Ivory signed with the Jags.
According to the Daily News, "$8 million guaranteed and an additional $4 million in escalators." As with most deals in the NFL the Jets will be able to get out of the deal, with little to no penalty, after two years if they decide he's no longer worth having on the roster. Obviously the only reason that Forte wasn't able to command more money was because of his age, at 30-years-old he is at the magic age where running back play starts to slip dramatically. But as good as Forte is at running the ball his real strength is as a receiver out of the backfield which could extend his effectiveness and that also happens to be exactly what the Jets need.
All season the Jets struggled to find a third receiver after Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, they looked to have found one towards the end of the season in Bilal Powell but once he got hurt that all went away. Opposing defenses will now have to worry about not only stopping Marshall and Decker but also covering Forte which will create all types of matchup issues. Another huge plus for the Jets is the fact that having Forte on the field doesn't give the opposing defense any hints as to whether the Jets will run the ball or pass, Forte can beat defenses both ways.
We've seem Maccagnan has done an excellent job at collecting talent but in order to build a good NFL team you can't just collect talent, you need to collect talent that fits together and Forte fits in perfectly with this offense regardless of who the quarterback ends up being.
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