Based on sources around the NFL running back, Le’Veon Bell, will signal a new contract with the New York Jets. This is going to be a four-year deal for $52.5 million and $35 million of it’s guaranteed cash. The contract has a maximum value of $61 million following incentives and bonuses are included. Le’Veon’s typical salary per year is $13.13 million which puts him second position for running backs behind Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams who is earning $14.37 million each year.
Le’Veon Bell chose to sit out last year and not play to the Pittsburgh Steelers when they used the franchise tag on him. This usually means that Bell turned down $14.5 million to play 1 year to the Steelers in order to await a long-term contract. Reportedly following the 2017 year Le’Veon turned down a five-year $70 million contract with Pittsburgh due to what he called a non true guarantee of $17 million. It was only a matter of time until Bell would eventually become a free agent and find the deal he was looking for from another organization as things weren’t working out the way he wanted them to at Pittsburgh.
Career Highlights and Prizes:
Bell was named to the NFL Pro Bowl three times during his youthful career with the Steelers (2014, 2016, 2017). He left the First Team All Pro twice (2014, 2017), and he was chosen to the Second Team All Professional in 2016. Being that Bell is only 27 years old, it’s expected that he will add to his career highlights and awards during the remainder of his NFL career.
The 27 year old is equally as dangerous running the ball out of the backfield because he’s catching passes as a running back. Throughout his 5 playing years with the Pittsburgh Steelers he averages over 1,000 rushing yards each season. He averages over 500 receiving yards annually he’s played up to now. His worth as a top rusher will hopefully open up the pass match for the young quarterback out of USC, Sam Darnold. His ability to provide Darnold with another option to throw to out of the backfield should also benefit the Jets offense as well.
The Jets have had a very busy 2019 offseason where they have made various moves to better their youthful team that finished 4-12 last season. Bell will immensely help New York’s running game since they ended toward the bottom of the league in rushing categories last year.
They’ve acquired 2 wide recipients through free service in Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy. The Jets also picked up the guard Kelechi Osemele by means of a trade to contribute to their line. On Defense they picked up Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosely. Every one of these roster improvements should lead to more success from the NFL for the New York Jets.