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Packers’ Interest in Matt Forte Not Serious, We Can See Why

Matt Forte

We don’t blame the Green Bay Packers for not signing running back Matt Forte.

The former Chicago Bear got a three-year deal with the New York Jets on the opening day of free agency for $12 million. You can bet $4 million annually is more than the Packers were interested in paying for a 30-year-old backup running back.

This pretty much confirms that.

The minor interest displayed by the Packers likely consisted of them calling Forte’s representation to gauge the price. We know they did indeed go that far, but their interest probably ended as soon as it was revealed that Forte had more aggressive suitors.

If Forte had been willing to take about half of what the Jets gave him to play with a contender, then we could see the Packers getting serious. As it turned out, they didn’t get serious because Forte clearly was more interested in cashing in one more time than he was in winning.

As it stands, the Packers will likely end up re-signing James Starks and slotting him in behind Eddie Lacy in 2016.

That move now appears to be imminent.

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Joseph Bonham

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7 Comments

  1. MJ March 14, 2016

    Do not forget about our man John Crockett. He looked explosive in the few snaps he was given.

    1. pastordad March 15, 2016

      I am glad someone else sees the worth in Crockett. I hope the organization will as well.

  2. bestby March 14, 2016

    Yeah, the Packers would be picking him off from their rivals, but they are pretty set at the RB position as is. Smart move in not doling out the cash here.

  3. Kato March 14, 2016

    The packers didn’t overspend for forte so now they are going to waste another year of Rodgers. Thanks Ted!!!!

  4. V March 14, 2016

    Love it, what makes you assume the Jets don’t want to win? They make moves in free agency- good or bad at least they try. They just don’t have a QB like we do. Fitz is decent (if he re signs) but that’s not #12. At least they go for it.

  5. Rev March 14, 2016

    I would like to see the Packers give Arian Foster a workout. Why not?

  6. PF4L March 15, 2016

    Notice 2 of those 4 teams had winning records, the ones with mild interest.

    I know Julius Peppers was trying to recruit Forte, but i don’t think he was listening.