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Saints, Redskins ready to pursue Justin Forsett

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Justin Forsett is bound to find suitors on the open market if the Ravens don't come calling first.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints are poised to make a run at the free-agent running back who led Baltimore last season with 1,266 yards on the ground.

"We will work to try and retain Justin," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters last month, but they won't be alone after Forsett broke out in 2014 to finish fifth in rushing league-wide.

The Saints are a logical squad to chase after veteran help following the release of Pierre Thomas. With fellow runner Mark Ingram set to hit the open market, New Orleans is on the prowl for runners who fit into their zone-blocking scheme. The team must be convinced that Forsett will cost less than re-signing Ingram.

Washington is a puzzling destination. Alfred Morris has been one of the league's most reliable backs over the past three seasons, operating as a workhorse runner who benefits from a high volume of carries. Pairing him with Forsett isn't something we would have predicted, but the Redskins now rest on our radar.

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