The Atlanta Falcons will be looking to upgrade their backfield this offseason. A new report indicates the team could accomplish that task by adding a veteran running back to the mix.
According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, the Falcons would be interested in signing Justin Forsett if he hits the open market. Forsett is coming off a career-year with the Baltimore Ravens, but it's unclear if he'll stick with the team going into the 2015 season.
Forsett is reportedly "looking for a commitment" from whichever team he signs with. Baltimore has expressed interest in keeping Forsett. Are they willing to commit to a running back who will turn 30 in October?
Prior to 2014, Forsett's season-high rush total was 619 yards, a mark he set in 2009. From 2011-2013 he only carried the ball 105 times. In 2014 he finished with 1,266 yards, eight touchdowns and a 5.4 yard per carry average after earning the starting role with the Ravens.
Forsett certainly upped his game last season. However, the Ravens offensive line and Gary Kubiak's scheme played major roles as well. Pro Football Focus rated Baltimore as the fourth-best run blocking offensive line.
If Forsett signed with Atlanta, he'd be staying in a similar offense with Kyle Shanahan. Is he worth it? He only has one season with 200+ touches, so the tread on the tires isn't really a concern. His contract shouldn't be too expensive either considering his body of work is limited and the fact that he'll be 30 this year.
I would rather see the Falcons invest in a younger running back they can develop. Running back is fairly deep for free agency and this year's draft. I'm still a firm supporter of Devonta Freeman taking over as the lead back. Adding someone like Roy Helu or Stevan Ridley could be an even cheaper investment with long-term potential. What are your thoughts on Forsett?