By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Jets have signed free agent Le’Veon Bell. He has signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the team.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he will receive $35 million guaranteed. Bell can also potentially earn up to $61 million by reaching all the incentives in his deal.
Bell signs with the Jets on the same day another star left New York. The New York Giants traded star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for a 2019 first-round draft pick, 2019 third-round draft pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers.
He will return to the football field in 2019. During the 2018 season, Bell elected to sit out the entire season in a shocking move that upset many of his former teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bell could have made $14.5 million had he signed the franchise tag with the Steelers for the 2018 season. Instead by sitting out, he hoped to sign a massive contract in free agency.
This deal is likely not what he or his representatives had wanted previously. They previously said Bell wanted to be paid like one of the highest paid players in the league regardless of position.
According to ESPN, Bell also had interest from the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said that “[they] were engaged in a wild tug-of-war with the Jets over the last few hours,” before he announced he would sign with the Jets on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old Bell played five seasons for the Steelers, the last in 2017. He had a career-best 321 carries for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns.The 1,291 yards were the most since his 1,361 yardage season in 2014.
Bell also had 85 receptions for 655 yards and two touchdowns.
In his career, Reynoldsburg, Ohio native has had 1,229 carries for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns in 62 starts. He also has 312 receptions for 2,660 yards and an additional seven touchdowns.
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