Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged Tuesday that the Ravens took a "calculated" risk in terminating Justin Forsett's contract and exposing him to a better offer from a competitor. On Wednesday, the running back said the team's fears were unfounded.
Speaking to the media after practice, Forsett said he had always planned on returning to the organization that rewarded him for his 1,266-yard, eight-touchdown performance in 2014 with a three-year contract for $9 million before the 2015 campaign.
"That was the plan," he said. "I felt like if I get a better offer out there, cool. I wasn't going to turn down $10 million if somebody offered me $10 million. But I always wanted to be back here.
"At no time is it fun to be in the unemployment line – no matter if it's planned out," he added. "Still, a tough decision had to be made. I'm definitely hungry and ready to get back out there where I'll never be in that position again."
Forsett, who jokingly compared the release to a "trial separation" ("We got back together, and now we're happily ever after," he quipped.), said he and his agent talked to a couple teams, but none got close to what the Ravens had offered. And in the end, Forsett said he believed general manager Ozzie Newsome would bring him back.
"You got to trust them a lot to sign off on being released," Forsett said. "I talked to my agent, and he's supposed to keep me employed. And telling him that I was going to take a couple of days off was a different dynamic. You have to trust Ozzie, who has been nothing but good to me. So I went with the plan and it worked out.
Forsett figures to be the primary tailback when the Buffalo Bills visit M&T Bank Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, but Terrance West and Javorius Allen could get a decent number of carries.
Forsett is eager to better his 2015 showing of 641 yards and two touchdowns that was cut short by a broken arm. As part of his new contract, Forsett will get a $100,000 bonus if he exceeds that yardage total.
"I'm excited to be back," he said. "You never want to end on a game where you broke your arm in the middle of the field. It's been a long journey back, and I'm excited to get back out there with my boys."