The Le’Veon Bell saga has finally come to a close.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bell has agreed to terms with the New York Jets after more than a year of being away from football. Bell has signed a four-year, $52 million contract with New York.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
Bell, 27, spent the last year holding out after refusing to sign the franchise tag placed on him by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the organization could not find a willing trade partner for the running back. Bell and management were at odds over the annual value Bell sought in his new contract, which was reported to be $15M or more. As an explosive and versatile threat, Bell was seeking to be paid for not only his running prowess but also for his contributions as a receiver.
Over his 62-game career, Bell has racked up 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns on 1,229 carriers while adding 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns through the passing game. Since 2014, he’s led the league in average scrimmage yards per game (137.5). Impressive indeed.
Bell now comes into his sixth season (seventh if you count 2018’s holdout) with a new contract and a lot to prove. The Jets are a seemingly good landing spot for proving ground, as they have enough money to fulfill Bell’s expectations while retooling the offensive line, along with a quarterback still on a rookie deal.