FLORHAM PARK, NJ – In a mild surprise, Jets RB Matt Forte announced his retirement this morning, ending a brilliant career that started in Chicago ten years ago.
The 32 year old Forte signed with the Jets in 2016 after becoming a free agent and eight dominating seasons as a Chicago Bear. Forte in his first season with the Jets led the team in rushing with 813 yards, 7 TD’s and a 3.7 YPC average. After the season he had to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee.2017 was a different story as he battled various injuries including pain returning to his repaired knee. The different ailments led to him being placed on injured reserve in December. He finished 2017 with just 381 yards and two TD’s.
Forte announced the retirement via Instagram and Twitter.
— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) February 28, 2018
The move leaves veteran Bilal Powell and second year player Elijah McGuire as the team’s feature running backs. With the #6 pick in this season’s draft, some have speculated that the team may go after Penn State RB Saquon Barkley in the first round.
Forte thanked the Jets in his retirement message.
“My experience as a Jet was truly first rate. To all of my many coaches and teachers over the years, thank you for your dedication and commitment to my growth and success as a person and player.”
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