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Justin Forsett 'would love to stay' in Baltimore, wants to 'build upon' 2014 season

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Running back Justin Forsett is hopeful to be back with the Ravens in 2015.

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The official start to free agency begins in only nine days on March 10. One such commodity on the market will be running back Justin Forsett, who totaled 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns this past season for the Ravens.

At 29 years old, Forsett was a journeyman until the breakout 2014 season. Now he stands to earn a deal that can offer some stability as he enters a time where he can earn much more money than was previously available.

In an interview conducted Saturday with both Baltimore Beatdown and The Baltimore Sun, Forsett remained optimistic about his chances of coming back to the Ravens, the place he'd prefer to be.

"I would love to stay here. I’ve repeated it a whole bunch of times. I want to be here in Baltimore," Forsett said. "They gave me my shot, my opportunity. But then again, there’s that business side we have to work out. I’m praying everything works out."

Forsett said he was appreciative that general manager Ozzie Newsome publicly said the Ravens want him back at last week's State of the Ravens press conference.

Since the offseason began, Forsett has stayed in town and worked out at the team's facility in Owings Mills. As long as he's still technically under contract, he'll use the facility to his advantage.

"I’m just trying to make sure I don’t start back at zero when I really start to train," Forsett said. "I’m making sure I’m keeping in shape and that my body’s right when it’s time to ramp it up again."

Forsett said he's met with new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman but the two haven't talked about anything football-related yet, which is something Forsett said he's hoping to do in the near future.

Forsett is eyeing another big season in 2015. After putting in a career year this past season, Forsett is looking to prove he is in fact among the best runners in the game.

"I want to build upon it. I want to be great," Forsett said. "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."