Justin Forsett will turn 30 during the upcoming season and will be playing his 9th season in the NFL. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting that if he is not re-signed by the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins are ready to make a "play" for him. Forsett signed a 1 year, $730k contract that qualified as a minimum salary benefit contract. This means the Ravens were only charged $570k against the cap, and were able to get 1,266 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs, and 263 receiving yards for an incredible bargain. He will be expecting a little more than that in free agency this year, but what is a 30 year old RB worth in today's NFL?
The Redskins currently have three running backs under contract for the 2015 season with starter Alfred Morris, and inexperienced Silas Redd and Chris Thompson as backups. Roy Helu, Jr. is set to become a free agent on Tuesday, and has expressed an interest in testing free agency. Word is the Redskins are prepared to let him go if he gets a deal elsewhere.
Does Forsett fill Helu's spot for a year, is he willing to sign here, and for what price? The bigger question is how serious is the Redskins interest here. They have two backups that are unproven, and a starter on the last year of his rookie deal. This year's draft is loaded with RBs and there will likely be a few UDFAs available that can compete for a spot. The Redskins were interested in Darren Sproles last year, but did not want to give up a draft pick, preferring to go after him if the Saints released him. That didn't happen, and the Philadelphia Eagles ended up trading for him.