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Ravens release RB Justin Forsett in 'mutual' parting of ways

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens will release Justin Forsett in a move described as a "mutual" decision between the team and the veteran running back.

Forsett, who was inactive Sunday against Oakland, met with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome on Tuesday and expressed a desire to find another team.

"It was mutual," Forsett told the Ravens' official website. "I felt like my opportunity here was closing. I'm at a phase in my career where I don't want to sit; I want to play. I have a lot of football left in me."

The Ravens have not officially announced a roster move yet.

Forsett, 30, was benched in favor of Terrance West on Sunday and was listed as inactive. He averaged 3.2 yards per carry in the first three games, which tied a career low.

"They wanted to go younger," Forsett told CSNMid-Atlantic.com earlier Tuesday. "I've been fired before. When I was inactive Sunday, I thought it might come."

Forsett also indicated on Twitter that he had been released.

With rookie Kenneth Dixon returning from a sprained knee, the Ravens now have three young backs along with West and Buck Allen. That made Forsett, who was making $3 million this season, expendable.