The New York Jets saw their starting running back from last season, Chris Ivory, agree to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday. Today, the Jets found their replacement in long-time starting running back for the Bears, Matt Forte. Forte was drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2008 draft, and quickly established himself as one of the top-tier running backs in the NFL. Forte has rushed for over 1000 yards in five of his eight NFL seasons, and had never rushed for less than 900 yards until last season, where he fell two yards shy of that mark. The Bears informed Forte earlier this offseason that they would not be retaining him after the emergence of rookie RB Jeremy Langford. The Jets will be getting a running back who may be long in the tooth for his position – he will turn 31 during the next NFL season – but who remains one of the best all-round backs in the league, equally effective as a rusher, a receiver from the backfield, and a pass protector. Forte was RealSport’s top running back available in free agency – ranking one spot ahead of the player he replaces in New York, Chris Ivory. Forte will join a backfield that includes former New England Patriot starting RB Stevan Ridley and former St. Louis Rams starting RB Zac Stacey, giving the Jets an experienced, deep running back corps. By being part of a running back committee, Forte will be able to be kept more fresh to overcome the slight step he’s lost in the later part of his career.