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Report: Falcons interested in Ravens running back Justin Forsett

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Justin Forsett to have at least one suitor in free agency it appears.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

If Justin Forsett reaches March without a new deal with the Ravens, an NFC South team could be a top competitor for his services.

According to a report from ESPN.com, the Falcons will have considerable interest in Forsett if he hits the open market. The Falcons are in need of a running back as Steven Jackson is expected to be released. Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers aren't considered starting running backs.

Forsett isn't the typical 29-year-old running back. He was sparingly used during his NFL career and therefore doesn't have much tread on his tires. Compared to other top runners in the NFL that reach his age, Forsett probably has at least three-to-four years less of wear and tear on his body.

Therefore, a three- or four-year contract may not be considered that big of a risk, even though that's not necessarily something teams want to do for a running back approaching 30.

Forsett ran for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. The Ravens won't overspend to keep Forsett in Baltimore, especially considering that this year's running back draft class is deep. But the Ravens know what they're getting in Forsett if they bring him back. It's certainly a decision general manager Ozzie Newsome will have to weigh the pros and cons on.