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Several teams interested in running back Justin Forsett

Several teams interested in running back Justin Forsett
Running back Justin Forsett is expected have many suitors when free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Larry French / Getty Images)

Running back Justin Forsett is drawing interest from several NFL teams with the free agency signing period set to begin Tuesday afternoon.

The free agent has maintained a strong desire to rejoin the Ravens and the feeling is mutual. However, sources said Forsett is also drawing interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts. Forsett is expected to explore his options.

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Forsett revitalized the Ravens' running game last season as he rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns as the replacement for former Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice.

Forsett was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. His one-year, $730,000 contract has expired.

"It's a waiting game right now," Forsett told The Baltimore Sun last week. "I know both sides have interest. It's crazy how things can turn out but hopefully, preferably everything can work out.

"I would love to stay here. I want to be here in Baltimore. They gave me my shot, gave me my opportunity. But then again, there's that business side we have to work out. I'm praying that everything works out."

Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Forsett can't sign a new contract until he officially becomes a free agent March 10.

If they can bring back Forsett, the Ravens are expected to pair him with a young running back. They met with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Northern Iowa's David Johnson and Miami's Duke Johnson at the NFL scouting combine. The Ravens also have reserve running backs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro under contract.

"He doesn't have the wear and tear, and Justin did a very good job of coming in, competing and then being our bell cow," general manager Ozzie Newsome said during a recent news conference. "We would like to retain Justin, but I've learned something since the end of the season about Justin that I didn't really know. He has mentored some very good, young backs, starting with Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew when he was in Jacksonville.

"Having Justin here, and with the opportunity also bringing in hopefully another young running back, to have Justin be around that guy would be an asset also. So, we will work to try to retain Justin."

The 5-foot-8, 197-pound former Cal standout thrived in former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's zone running system, ranking fifth in the NFL in rushing. He led the NFL with a franchise-record 17 runs of 20 yards or more.

"I want to build upon it," said Forsett, who led the NFL with a 5.4 average per carry and also caught 44 passes for 263 yards. "I want to be great. I didn't come in this league to be a one-year wonder. Every time I got an opportunity I was able to seize it and I want to continue to do that."

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