Report | Jets gauging Matt Forte trade market

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: New York Jets Running Back Matt Forte (22) runs the football during the second quarter of the NFL game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on October 30, 2016, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. New York defeated Cleveland 31-28. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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The New York Jets have parted ways with a number of veterans leading up the 2017-18 season and there could possibly be another added to the list.

Tom Pelissero of NFL.com is reporting that the Jets have gauged the trade market for running back Matt Forte, though both Pelissero and one of his NFL.com colleagues in Ian Rapoport have noted that it would certainly be tough for the deal to get done, referencing Forte’s $4 million guaranteed salary.

The 2016-17 season was the first in New York for the 31-year-old tailback, who tallied single-season career-low marks in both rushing (813) and receiving yards (263). He joined the Jets on a three-year, $12 million deal in March 2016.

The former Tulane standout was once the cornerstone for the Chicago Bears, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career. Forte was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2011 and 2013, the latter season in which he rushed for a career-high 1,309 yards. The following season, he broke the single-season reception record for a running back when he hauled in 102 passes. The veteran tailback needs only 585 more yards on the ground to eclipse the 10,000-yard mark. He has totaled 72 touchdowns between both rushing and receiving.

The Jets are in pure rebuild mode and it was evident when they let wide receiver Brandon Marshall walk and later cut ties to the request of Eric Decker, who wound up with the Tennessee Titans. On the opposite side of the football, longtime Jet and linebacker David Harris was released in June.

The Jets open up the season on Sunday, September 10 when they travel to take on the Buffalo Bills for an AFC East clash.

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