NFL News and Update: New York Jets Almost Played Against New England Patriots Without Matt Forte

By Fay Morgan, Posted: 11/28/16 02:07PM EST
Matt Forte
On February 12, 2016, Forte announced that the Bears were not going to attempt to re-sign him in free agency. The Chicago Bears drafted Forte in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft as the forty-fourth overall selection (the fifth running back chosen in the draft). He played from 2008-2016 finishing with the 2nd most rushing yards in Bears history and broke a record along the way (most receptions by a running back,102 in 2014). He is also one of the most underrated players in the NFL.(Photo : GrandySportsFilmsHD/ YouTube )

That was one quick move by the New York Jets as they were about to be blindsided by the New England Patriots, not in one but two ways!

First, the Jets faced the Patriots yesterday at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets were in the lead during the first quarter but the Patriots excelled in the second quarter tying the scores by the end of the first half.

However, the Patriots did not give up. They powered their way in the second half scoring 12 to 7. The game ended in 22 to 17 in favor of the Patriots.

Despite the result, the Jets are still in good spirit as they were able to sign running back Matt Forte back into the Jets. CBS Sports reported that Forte was about to jump ships over to the Patriots if he was not going to sign to New York.

The Jets wanted to sign Forte but was reluctant because of his knee injury. But Forte was willing to call the bluff and hop on a plane going to the Patriots facility as the team also reached out to him and is interested in signing him.

When the Jets got the news, they fumbled and made the decision to stop worrying about Forte's injury and just signed him.

According to ESPN, Forte told NJ Advance Media that his agent told him they called. "I asked if they talked about anything, and he said they just wanted me to come for a visit. I said I'm already here about to sign, so I didn't feel like that would be right."

The story ended with Forte signing a three-year contract with the Jets worth $12 million. That is a good deal for Forte and for his NFL career. He has 732 rushing yards with seven touchdowns on 189 carries this season.



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