The news of the day so far is that safety Yeremiah Bell, most recently of the Miami Dolphins, has signed a one-year contract with the Jets. Bell is 34, and a strong safety. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Eastern Kentucky. His contract is worth $1.4 million. He has a $200,000 signing bonus, a $100,000 workout bonus. His base salary is $1,100,000, which is fully guaranteed.
This signing is bad news for Jim Leonhard. Bell is a strong safety that has lost a step, so he isn't quick enough to cover faster players, and is better against the run. It's good to see a veteran player back there, since the majority of the safeties we have are young guys. This, if I'm not mistaken, gives the Jets six safeties on the roster, including LaRon Landry, Eric Smith, Tracy Wilson, Josh Bush, and Antonio Allen. I would also have preferred that the Jets sign a free safety, like OJ Atogwe, but I'll take what we can apparently get. This may be insurance in case Landry is injured again. Let us know what you think in the comments below.