Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the third quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
1. Re-signing Justin Forsett, RB
In free agency, the Ravens resigned Forsett to a three-year contract that averages about $3 million per year. Forsett also drew interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts, and Oakland Raiders.
Forsett was among the biggest surprises in the NFL in 2014. He finished No. 5 in the league in rushing with 1,266 yards and led all running backs with 5.4 yards per carry. After Ray Rice was released, Forsett became a featured running back for the first time in his career.
In 2014 Forsett produced a league high 17 runs of 20 yards or more. He has great vision and patience with the ability to hit the holes with speed and power. Forsett’s rushing ability will also help open up the passing game with play action, allowing the receivers to thrive.
Forsett will probably be backed up by talented rookie Javorius Allen and second year back Lorenzo Taliaferro. The Ravens will look to Forsett to lead and mentor their young stable of running backs for the next few years.
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With an impressive and now healthy offensive line, Forsett looks like he is set to put up even better numbers in 2015. I expect him to have another season of over 1,000 yards on the ground and double figure touchdowns.
The resigning of Justin Forsett is easily the best offseason move made by the Ravens. He is pivotal to their offense and the development of a young group of offensive playmakers.
These five offseason moves have shown that the Ravens have cemented some key players for the next few seasons, and are very serious contenders to win Super Bowl 50.