"Sometimes you have fortunate signings in this business, and Justin was one of those," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We were fortunate because he became such a vital part of our on-field success and quickly became a steadying influence in the locker room at an uneasy time for us. He gave us more than we anticipated. From what we expected, he gave us unprecedented production."
Forsett, who will turn 30 in November, made $730,000 while playing under a one-year contract for the Ravens last year. He broke out in 2014, totaling 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns on 235 carries. Before his deal with Baltimore, Forsett played mostly backup roles in Seattle, Houston and Jacksonville.
"He fits well into what we do on offense, and he handles all parts of the job effectively, including blocking and receiving," Newsome said. "I mentioned this a few weeks ago when we met with the media: Justin is a tremendous leader by example and willing to step up as both a leader and mentor. He is truly a success story, and we're happy he'll continue that with us. He earned his new contract."
Forsett will rejoin Baltimore's backfield that already included Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce.
Baltimore is $9.8 million under the cap after trading defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and restructuring outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' deal. Forsett has drawn interest from the Redskins, Falcons and Colts, but the Ravens remain his top choice, the paper said.
Forsett, 29, rushed for a career-high eight touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry last season.
Forsett, who will turn 30 in November, made $730,000 while playing under a one-year contract for the Ravens last year. He broke out in 2014, totaling 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns on 235 carries. Before his deal with Baltimore, Forsett played mostly backup roles in Seattle, Houston and Jacksonville. He is now seeking a long-term deal heading into the 2015 season.
Forsett is scheduled to be a free agent on March 10, but he hopes to remain with the Ravens, saying he's "praying that everything works out."
“I want to build upon it,” Forsett told the Baltimore Sun. “I want to be great. I didn’t come in this league to be a one-year wonder."
Meeting with the media, Tuesday, Newsome said that the Ravens "would like to retain Justin."
"He doesn't have wear and tear, Justin did a very good job of being our bell cow," Newsome said. Forsett rushed for 1,266 yards on 235 carries last year, with eight touchdowns.
"We will work to retain Justin," Newsome said.
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