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Justin Forsett hopes to sign long-term deal with Ravens

Ravens running back Justin Forsett walks off the field after beating the New Orleans Saints, 34-27.
Ravens running back Justin Forsett walks off the field after beating the New Orleans Saints, 34-27. (Chuck Cook / USA TODAY Sports)

During his six years in the NFL, running back Justin Forsett has played for five teams.

Now that he's thriving with the Ravens, Forsett is hoping to remain with them for a long time. He expressed confidence and hope that a long-term contract can be worked out after the season when his one-year, $730,000 deal expires.

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"Definitely, this is a great place, a great organization," Forsett told The Baltimore Sun. "It's hard not to want to be here. Definitely, I'm sure after the season sometime they'll probably get something done.

"I would love to sign here. I've been waiting my whole career to find a home somewhere to not have to move every offseason. So, that would be nice."

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Forsett has rushed for a career-high 903 yards and seven touchdowns, emerging as the Ravens' featured back. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time Wednesday after rushing for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.

"It's been a blessing," Forsett said. "It's a credit to the guys around me. I couldn't get these awards without them. It's definitely a team award.

"I'm blessed with a great offensive line. They do a lot of the work up front. It's their job to get me from 'A' to 'C' and for me to get from 'C' to  'Z.' I think we work very well together."

With the arrival of cold weather and the Ravens coming off a 215-yard rushing game against the Saints, Forsett is expecting the team to continue to rely on the ground attack going forward. The Ravens rank sixth in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 132.4 yards per game.

"I think this time of year you have to be able to run the football," Forsett said. "You want to be able to control the clock. We have a dominant front with the offensive line that we have, and we're able to wear guys out. When it comes to the fourth quarter in the back end of the season, it's difficult to stay with us."

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