The Jets got their 2016 free agency underway with the signing of veteran RB Matt Forté. A versatile performer for eight seasons with the Bears, Forté will join former Bears teammate Brandon Marshall in New York.
The 6'2", 218-pound Forte has reached the 1,000-yard rush mark on five occasions including three of the past four seasons. A receiving threat out of the backfield, Forté established an NFL single-season record for receptions by a running back with 102 in 2014. He can be flexed around the field and Forte has proven to be durable while missing only eight games since being drafted out of Tulane in 2008. Forté earned Pro Bowl selections in 2011 and '13 and he ranks second on the Bears rushing list with 8,602 yards. His 487 receptions also rank second in team annals.
Veteran RB Has Amassed 64 TDs Over His Eight-Year Career
Despite missing three games last season with a knee injury, Forté still combined to amass 1,287 total yards. Forte had 45 rushing touchdowns and 19 receiving scores with the Bears, ranking third on Chicago's all-time list with 64 total touchdowns. Since entering the NFL in 2008, Forte ranks first among all NFL players in yards from scrimmage (12,718).
In Forté, the Jets have just added one of the most productive backs in football.