Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Jets have gauged trade market for RB Matt Forte, who’s healthy now. However, Pelissero admits that it would be “very tough” to trade Forte and his $4 million guaranteed salary.
- Ian Rapoport adds that there isn’t a lot of optimism that a deal can get done involving Forte, but they’ve done the “legwork” regarding a potential trade to if it’s possible.
- Jason Fitzgerald mentions that the Jets would likely have to eat $2 million or more of Forte’s contract to find a taker.
Forte, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Bears back in in 2008. After eight years in Chicago, Forte signed a three-year, $12 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed with the Jets last year.
Forte stands to make base salaries of $4 million and $3 million over the remainder of the contract.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Forte would free up $3 million of available cap space while creating $2 million in dead money.
In 2016, Forte appeared in 14 games for the Jets and rushed for 813 yards on 218 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with 30 receptions for 263 yards receiving and eight total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 22 running back out of 60 qualifying players.