The Jets have landed free agency’s biggest star. Adam Schefter reports the team will sign Le’Veon Bell to a 4 year, $52 million contract.
Former Steelers’ RB Le’Veon Bell plans to sign with…the New York Jets, a league source tells ESPN— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Le’Veon Bell: 4 years, $52.5 million with the Jets, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Le’Veon Bell’s four-year deal with the New York Jets has a max value of $61 million and includes $35 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
After a Tuesday in free agency which had little in the way of good news, this is likely a deal that will please Jets fans.
Bell, of course, sat out the entire 2018 season rather than play on the franchise tag. Reports indicate that a market never really developed for him. The Jets had seemed like the favorite from the start. They had the most cash available, and they lacked any sort of high end talent, making them a logical fit.
Bell will likely become the centerpiece of Adam Gase’s offense. He’s one of the best runners in the league and one of the top receivers out of the backfield.
He also comes with some baggage and other question marks, but the Jets aren’t in a position to let those things get in the way of adding a premium talent.