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Jets Sign RB Isaiah Crowell

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The Jets have made their first outside addition of the offseason. Reports say that they have agreed to terms with former Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell.

My personal view is that the hot spot for running back value lies squarely in the draft, so I hope this signing doesn’t preclude the Jets from dipping into what is viewed as a tremendous running back class.

We can’t really judge this signing until the terms are disclosed, but there’s a bit to like. Crowell is only 25 years old. He’s accumulated a career yards per carry average of 4.2, with a yards per carry average of at least 4.1 (approximate league average) in 3 of his 4 seasons. Total, he’s accumulated 737 carries for 3,118 yards (48.7 per game) and 21 touchdowns, in addition to 96 receptions for 770 yards (12.0 per game, 8.0 per reception) and 1 touchdown. He only has 6 career fumbles, including only 3 over his past 3 seasons, very good rates. Since he entered the league, he ranks 13th in total rushing yards and 15th in total rushing touchdowns. His production is solid.

There are a few red flags, though. Despite his young age, he has a lot of mileage on his tires. His 737 carries is the 13th most in the league since his debut. He also had a down 2017; PFF had him as their 47th-ranked running back, while Football Outsiders pegged him 25th out of 45 qualifiers in DVOA.

Crowell is relatively young and has a solid history of consistent production. There’s some upside here. However, we can’t really grade this deal until the terms come out. There’s only so much you should be willing to pay for a solid, but not game-changing back. The Jets also should not allow Crowell to erase the potential of finding a back in the draft.