Veteran running back Justin Forsett has signed a one-year contract with the Ravens, the team announced Friday. Count Forsett as another new Ravens player with ties to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Forsett played for Kubiak in 2012 when he was head coach of the Texans. Forsett’s knowledge of Kubiak’s offense can help accelerate the process of teaching the system to other players.
It remains to be seen if Forsett can challenge Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce for playing time. At age 28, Forsett must battle for a roster spot, coming off a career-low six carries for 31 yards with the Jaguars last season. Forsett battled injuries all season and was released in March.
However, in 2012 with the Texans, Forsett ran for 63 times for 374 yards. His best NFL season came as a rookie with the Seahawks, when Forsett had 619 yards on 114 carries. He also has 115 receptions in his career, making him a threat as a pass receiver out of the backfield.
Forsett has proven he can be a backup running back. However, adding him to the roster will not keep the Ravens from exploring running back options in the draft.
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