The Baltimore Ravens performed easily the most bizarre roster move of this past weekend. First, they shocked the fans and most of the NFL world by releasing starting running back Justin Forsett. Then two days later, after they’d cleared roster space by sending two players to Injured Reserve, Forsett was re-signed to the active roster.
That was the plan. I felt like if I got a better offer out there, cool. I wasn’t going to turn down $10 million if someone 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.
Since he is a veteran, Forsett did not have to worry about clearing waivers like rookies do. Instead, he hit the open market and evidently received interest from several teams. But despite entertaining those offers, Forsett ultimately stayed with the Ravens and he’s even getting the same base salary of $3 million that he had before the release. He also has the added bonus of a $100,000 incentive if he can top the 641 rushing yards he recorded during his injury-shortened 2015 season.
You would think that with the Ravens releasing Forsett and potentially seeing their gamble misfire with another team signing him, that they would want to start Terrance West or Javorius Allen in Week 1. But word has instead come out that the recently released veteran will be the starting running back in their Week 1 opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Yet even as the technical starter, Forsett needs to be on the lookout for those two younger running backs to try to steal the job from him. Also, rookie, Kenneth Dixon should eat into his carries when he returns from an MCL tear in several weeks. Though Forsett should be glad to be on an NFL roster, it may be tough for him to eclipse that 641-yard benchmark with this four-headed running beast that Baltimore has now.