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Free Agency Fits: Matt Forte To The Redskins?


The rest of the week in the NFL is being devoted to college prospects at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. But while the next generation of NFL stars is garnering attention now, the deadline for teams to sign their unrestricted free agents is fast approaching (March 9).

With that in mind, NFL media analyst Elliot Harrison took a look at several free agents that likely won’t be returning to their former employer and writes what he believes would be good fits for them. The Redskins show up a few times on his list of potential destinations.

Matt Forte – The Bears have already made it clear that they won't be bringing back the veteran running back. Harrison notes that the impending release of running back Trent Williams will open up a hole for Forte, who could become a vital pass catcher out of the backfield, just as Pierre Thomas demonstrated in his limited stint in the last month of the season. Forte ran for 898 yards last year and caught 44 passes for 389 yards. Harrison also believes the Patriots and Buccaneers have good potential to sign him, too.

Doug Martin – A similar type of running back with an uncertain price tag, Martin is someone Harrison has a feeling will stick with the Bucs. But in the case he tests the market, the Redskins are a viable option.

"The Redskins -- who, as we mentioned in the Forte blurb, could lose Alfred Morris -- have Rob Kelley under contract, but his inability to seize the RB job and hold onto it (or the football) last season might cause Washington to glance at Martin. The Redskins do not have a ton of cap space with which to make a bunch of signings."

Martin struggled in 2013 and 2014 and then broke out in his contract year with 1,402 rushing yards, 4.9 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns.

Alex Mack – With question marks at the position from Josh LeRibeus and veteran Trent Williams's injury, the Redskins might make a play for a reliable center. Harrison writes that Mack is expected to get out of his current contract with the Browns, but notes the Cardinals and Jaguars could also be big suitors. 

"Our own draftnik Lance Zierlein listed center as the Redskins' top draft need. After a productive start early, Washington struggled running the football with any consistency for the bulk of the season."




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