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Should the Jets bring back Matt Forte in 2018?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets rushes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets rushes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have a lot of decisions to make in 2018, especially when it comes to their running back situation. In the grand scheme of things, they should part ways with Matt Forte at the end of the regular season.

When it comes to running back Matt Forte and his tenure with the New York Jets, he’s had some bright moments but unfortunately, injuries have defined him and he’s simply not getting the job done like he used to in the past. This season is already past the halfway point and well, the Jets are still able to turn things around, even though it’s a bit unlikely due to their overall inconsistency.

Speaking of inconsistency, the rushing attack of the Jets will have weeks of pure brilliance and others where the ground game didn’t even exist. Most of that can be attributed to the bad play of the Jets offensive line but at the end of the day, Forte is having one of the worst seasons of his career as he’s already missed several games.

Unfortunately, Forte continues to have injuries as he’s been dealing with hamstring issues and now, problems with his knee. With any running back, these are serious injuries and even more so when they are 31 years old.

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Once the offseason is here, it’s a no-brainer when it comes to whether or not the Jets should bring back Forte in 2018. The Jets should move on from him as they have an out clause in their contract with him that can be used when the offseason arrives.

As per Spotrac, it would only be $1 million in dead cap space to cut Forte as it wouldn’t hurt the Jets at all when releasing him.

The Jets shouldn’t bring back Forte since they have running back Bilal Powell who is more than capable of being a starter and an emerging talent in Elijah McGuire who will only get better with time.

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Overall, Forte isn’t worth bringing back as the Jets should move on and give those kinds of reps to others on the roster. It’s also expected that the Jets will more than likely add another running back either through free agency or the 2018 NFL Draft. Either way, it’s time to move on from Forte once this season is over.

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