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Ravens and Justin Forsett agree to new deal

The Ravens needed to keep Justin Forsett, and they managed to workout a deal three days into NFL free agency.

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The Ravens aren't going to be completely gutted in free agency, as they decided to stop "friend-zoning" Justin Forsett.

After losing Torrey Smith, Owen Daniels, Pernell McPhee and Haloti Ngata over the first two days of free agency, Baltimore has reportedly agreed to terms with running back Justin Forsett.

A journeyman back who finally has found a long-term home, Forsett finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,266 yards and was a big reason why Baltimore improved from 30th in rushing offense in 2013 to eighth this past year. He was also a viable pass-catcher with 44 catches for 263 yards. Forsett averaged 103 total yards over the final seven regular-season games, to help carry Baltimore into the postseason.

This is a big win for Baltimore, as they don't have another back that's proven he can carry the load like Forsett did last year. Lorenzo Taliaferro showed flashes as a rookie, but also had fumbling issues. Bernard Pierce has had several opportunities to be the No. 1 back, but injuries and inconsistent play have kept him as the No. 2 back for his entire career.