The New York Jets have been making room for youth all offseason. It looks like Matt Forte could be the next veteran on the way out.
The New York Jets are “gauging the trade market” for running back Matt Forte, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
#Jets have been selling all offseason. Cut bunch of vets. Traded Calvin Pryor. Have also shopped Sheldon Richardson, Marcus Williams, et al.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 29, 2017
Throughout the offseason, the Jets parted ways with many key veterans as they transition towards a rebuilding mode. As they were able to shed some of their veteran contracts, the Jets opened up opportunities for some of the club’s younger players.
It shouldn’t be surprising to hear Forte’s name surface in trade rumors. However, it is rather interesting that it took so long for the Jets to explore possible trade options for the 31-year-old.
Forte could be a valuable addition to a team that has playoff aspirations but is weak at the running back position. The veteran running back is a dual-threat who can impact an offense both in the running and passing games.
In his first season with the Jets, Forte rushed for 813 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 263 yards and a receiving touchdown. Over his 9 NFL seasons, Forte has rushed for 9,415 yards.
Although he is still a valuable asset, it won’t be easy for the Jets to trade Forte. The two-time Pro Bowler is guaranteed to make $4 million in 2017, and the Jets will likely have to eat a portion of his salary to make a trade happen.
Along with Forte, the Jets have also shopped Sheldon Richardson and Marcus Williams on the trade market. With the roster cut down period quickly approaching, the Jets are making one last push to part ways with some of their remaining veteran players.