The Green Bay Packers may not ultimately deviate significantly from their approach to team building, but they at least intend to review their options. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team has expressed interest in free-agent running back Matt Forte.
The Packers struggled on the ground last year as star running back Eddie Lacy's weight appeared to balloon out of control. Combined with the preseason loss of top wideout Jordy Nelson, the offense dipped to its lowest levels of productivity since the 1980s. Though Lacy appears to have started the process of slimming down, Green Bay could add a talented runner like Forte as a hedge.
Even if Lacy returns to form, Forte could give the Packers a pass-catching dimension in the backfield they haven't had in many years. Few backs have enjoyed more success as receivers than Forte, who has caught 146 passes for over 1,197 yards and seven touchdown receptions over the past two seasons alone.
Forte has played his entire career with the Chicago Bears, the Packers' archrival in the NFC North. He has amassed 2035 carries for 8,602 yards and 45 touchdowns. The running back turned 30 this past December. Click here for more discussion about Forte, his asking price, and the current Packer (and former Bears teammate) who is trying to convince Forte to move North.