This is Riggo’s Rag, so of course I wanted to take a look at how Forte could fit into the Redskins’ offseason gameplan. I mean, I did mention him previously as a potential big-name target in free agency.
The Redskins are currently at a crossroads with their running game. Alfred Morris is set to hit free agency, and the team has already made it clear that they don’t plan on re-signing him–even if the market sets him at a team-friendly value. That means that, when free agency opens on March 9, the Redskins will likely be looking to find another capable veteran who can be a key cog in the Washington running game.
As we all saw in 2015, Matt Jones has some serious potential as the Redskins’ running back of the future. Unfortunately, he was wildly inconsistent as a rookie and had a hard-fought battle with fumbles. The jury is still out on whether or not he can be Washington’s top back moving forward, which makes finding a reliable back to support Jones a priority.
If the Redskins signed Forte, they’d be getting a reliable runner who can be a valuable asset for Kirk Cousins in the passing game. He’d take pressure off of Jones to deliver as a No. 1 back, and will also make things easier on Jordan Reed after he was forced to take over as the passing game’s go-to target in 2015.
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