AFC East

Can Matt Forte Propel the New York Jets Offense to the Elite Level?

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 04: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears carries the football in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field on October 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The New York Jets officially added running back Matt Forte on Thursday to help solidify its running back position. Forte signed a three year $12 million contract with $9 million guaranteed.

The Jets now have an offense that features wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Devin Smith with a dynamic backfield of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Tight end Jace Amaro will also return from injury and is another factor teams must account for in the passing game.

With all these pieces in place, the Jets are in position to have an explosive offense. Whether its Ryan Fitzpatrick or not, the Jets offense is a very attractive situation for any veteran quarterback.

Forte is thrilled to become a New York Jet and it is highly likely Brandon Marshall played a role in his recruitment to the Jets as they were former teammates on the Chicago Bears. “I hope to bring a championship home as well as a rushing title Like one of your greats, Curtis Martin,” Forte wrote on his Instagram account.

The signing of Forte has received much praise from the NFL media. NFL draft and NFL lead writer Matt Miller of Bleacher Report tweeted, “Matt Forte to the @nyjets is arguably my favorite move of free agency.” NFL Columnist Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report tweeted, “I love Matt Forte to the Jets. Love it. Excellent move.”

Forte is on the wrong side of 30, but if the Jets are able to manage his carries then Forte should be able to have a strong impact on the New York Jets offense. Forte is a tremendous runner and pass catcher, which will open up the passing game out of the backfield. The Jets offense will be very fun to watch in the 2016 season.

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