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Patriots A Potential Landing Spot For RB Matt Forte?

Mike Reiss of ESPN mentions that the Patriots figure to “explore the possibility” of signing impending Bears free agent RB Matt Forte this offseason.

Reiss notes that the Patriots value pass-catching ability from their running backs, and Forte has been one of the league’s best in that area.

Forte recently said during an appearance on the NFL Network that: “It’s not even about the money. I want to be in Super Bowls.”

With this in mind, the Patriots could offer him at that shot, assuming he’s willing to accept a reasonable contract from the team.

All indications from the Bears have been that they’re prepared to allow him to move on in free agency.

Forte, 30, he has played out his four-year, $30.4 million contract that included $13.8 million guaranteed. He’s now in position to be one of the more notable running backs in this year’s free agent market.

In 2015, Forte has appeared in 13 games and ran for 898 yards on 218 carries (4.1 YPC) to go along with 44 receptions for 389 yards receiving and seven total touchdowns for the Bears. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 19 running back out of 68 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.