5 Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent RB Matt Forte

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New England Patriots

I don’t even remember the last time the Patriots had a true workhorse back. Some may say BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but I would have to lean towards Corey Dillon. Either way, it’s clear that they need a true No. 1 back moving forward if they plan on being a serious Super Bowl contender in 2016. So why not add a runner like Forte to the mix?

Looking back on the 2015 campaign, it’s crazy to see just how many running backs the Patriots gave an opportunity to earn the starting role (for one reason or another). LeGarrette Blount went in as the clear-cut favorite, but watched his season end due to injury. Dion Lewis looked like a star in the making, but also landed on the IR list. Brandon Bolden, James White and Steven Jackson also got their shots, but failed to make a significant impact with their opportunities.

Adding Forte would give the Patriots a true No. 1 back with years of starting experience and impressive productivity. His versatility and value as a receiver also makes him an excellent fit for New England, especially considering Bill Belichick loves to work running backs into the passing game. The only problem for the Patriots may be cap space, which they aren’t expected to have too much of this offseason.

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