NEW YORK — The New York Jets and former Pittsburgh Steelers operating back Le’Veon Bell have agreed on a deal, a person with direct information of the negotiations informed The Associated Press early Wednesday morning.
ESPN first reported the signing, and stated the deal is for four years and $fifty two.5 million.
The individual spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity as a result of groups can’t officially announce signings until the beginning of the new league yr Wednesday afternoon.
Bell, a former Michigan State star, also introduced his determination on Twitter , saying: “I’m back within the green child, let’s get it.”
The deal provides new coach Adam Gase and second-yr quarterback Sam Darnold an enormous-time playmaker, arguably the most effective participant at his place before Bell opted to take a seat out all of final season somewhat than sign a franchise tender with Pittsburgh.
The 27-yr-previous Bell is a two-time AP All-Professional choice and three-time Professional Bowl decide who instantly upgrades the Jets’ backfield.
New York still has Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon, however Crowell is more likely to be launched after one season with the group. Bilal Powell, the workforce’s fourth-round decide in 2011, is a free agent.
Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns, and has 312 catches for 2,660 yards and 7 scores as one of the crucial versatile and harmful offensive gamers within the NFL. His 128.9 yards from scrimmage per recreation over his profession is one of the best mark in the NFL because the 1970 merger.
Bell’s career reached a crossroads, nevertheless, last yr when he declined to signal his one-yr, $14.4 million franchise tender with the Steelers and making himself ineligible to play. It was an unprecedented transfer as Bell — who acquired the franchise tag in two straight years — skipped a season in his prime to preserve his long-term well being and safe an enormous payday.
Last month, Pittsburgh decided to not place the transition tag on Bell. That cleared the operating again to develop into an unrestricted free agent when the NFL’s new yr begins Wednesday.
And the Jets pounced on a participant they assume will help Darnold take their offense to another degree — despite the very fact Bell hasn’t performed since Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Jacksonville on Jan. 14, 2018. Meaning will probably be a span of 19 months in between recreation appearances by the time the preseason begins in August.
The Steelers drafted Bell with the 48th general decide in 2013. He combined with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and extensive receiver Antonio Brown to type Pittsburgh’s “Killer B’s” on offense, a potent trio of recreation-breaking skills.