Could the Patriots look to add RB Matt Forte?
With Matt Forte announcing last week that the Bears will move on and not re-sign the 8-year running back. Many shouldn’t find the decision of the Bears to let Forte walk surprising, especially with the emergence of Jeremy Langford. When Forte was injured, Langford stepped in and played a big role, as he rushed for 537 yards and 6 TDs. With Langford just 24-years-old and Forte now on the wrong side of 30, the Bears will move on from the 8-year relationship making Forte a free agent.
Forte had a down year for the Bears, as he had a career low 898 yards, and just 4 TDs in 13 games. Which could make his price tag fall in the Patriots’ price range. With that being said, Forte would be a great addition to the New England Patriots who had trouble from the running back position after Dion Lewis was lost for the season. LeGarrette Blount is a good back, but he’s inconsistent and used more as a power back in the red zone and short yardage. Matt Forte has shared his desire to win, and he would do just that if he would to sign with the Pats. Forte brings a dual-threat style and unlike in Chicago, the Patriots already have a dual-threat back in Lewis. Lewis can help take pressure off Forte and give him more breaks, saving his body for down the stretch. With Lewis, the Patriots wouldn’t have to depend heavily on Forte and his effect on the passing game, but would trouble defenses having to defend the dangerous run attack
With the Patriots looking for running back help, they could look to add veteran Forte, who should be atop of their wish list. Forte and his style would fit seemingly with Bill Belichick and the Pats’ offensive scheme. And if he stays healthy, Forte could help establish himself as a big contributor as the Patriots try making a deep run in the postseason.
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