The New York Jets have reportedly examined the potential trade market for veteran running back Matt Forte, according to Tom Pelissero.
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#Jets have gauged trade market for RB Matt Forte, who’s healthy now, per sources. But it’d be very tough to move his $4M guaranteed salary.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 29, 2017
The Jets have been sellers all offseason, cutting veterans such as Darrelle Revis and Eric Decker, while shopping others like Sheldon Richardson and Marcus Williams to name a few.
While Forte has been making strides towards improved health, the Jets realize he is ultimately a liability. His injury-plagued career along with his $4 million guaranteed salary will limit many of the Jets’ trade options.
As the Jets continue to struggle with their plan at quarterback, there has also been a battle brewing quietly in the backfield. Bilal Powell has steadily made a name for himself over the years, and is threatening Forte’s hopes at securing the position as the feature back.
It will be interesting to see what offers, if any, the Jets get for Forte. The once feared pass-catching back proved last season that he still has some fuel in the tank. His inability to stay healthy has been his toughest obstacle, however.
If the Jets fail to garner any true interest in Forte, he could easily be the next veteran to be cut.