Justin Forsett enjoyed one of the most meteoric rises among running backs in recent NFL history with a breakout 2014 season. The Baltimore Ravens rewarded him with a new contract Thursday, agreeing to terms on a three-year deal.
The team confirmed the signing via its official website.
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported the two sides have finalized a deal, with ESPN's Adam Schefter noting the length of the contract. According to Wilson, Forsett will earn an average of roughly $3 million per season.
The team evidently felt Forsett wasn't a mere product of the zone-blocking schemes deployed by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, which helped him rack up 1,266 rushing yards last season.
It would have been a bit of a surprise if the Ravens had let Forsett walk. Kubiak is the head coach in Denver now, but new play-caller Marc Trestman figures to capitalize on Forsett's skills.
As the Chicago Bears head coach, Trestman designed an offense that centered on Bears feature back Matt Forte, who had 102 receptions last season in addition to more than 1,000 yards on the ground.
Despite a diminutive frame, Forsett proved capable of being an every-down back, catching 44 passes amid his coming-out party.
When Baltimore hired Trestman, the 29-year-old Forsett expressed enthusiasm at the possibility of working with him, per WNST.net's Luke Jones:
I'm excited that we're going to keep some of the main [rushing] principles that we had. I think it's been working for us, so why not keep it going? I'm excited about what he's going to bring to the offense as far as maybe some extra routes for the running back. I know Matt Forte caught a lot of passes, so I'm all about that.
Baltimore has to feel great about welcoming Forsett back into the fold. Provided the offensive line does its job, it's reasonable to expect that Forsett can emulate his 2014 success if he can still avoid crushing hits and stay healthy.
Having a strong-armed quarterback in Joe Flacco to force secondaries to respect the deep ball and an offensive line that ranked third in run blocking this year, according to Football Outsiders, will help.
Forsett deserves credit as well, and he should prove in 2015 that he wasn't a mere one-hit wonder.
The fact that Forsett is 29 doesn't hurt him as much as it might other modern running backs. As frustrating as the lack of opportunities had to be before, the lack of wear and tear on his body will extend his NFL playing days and likely reward the Ravens for their loyal investment.