In February 2018, running back Le’Veon Bell said there was no amount of money in the world large enough to convince him to sign with the New York Jets. Skip ahead one year, and Bell did just that, agreeing to be the Jets’ new franchise running back.
And just how much money did it take, you ask? Bell signed on the dotted line for four years and $52.5 million. Only $25 million is fully guaranteed, although he could end up making $61 million. We know, NFL contracts are confusing. Let’s not sweat the details.
Now that the Jets have convinced Bell that their shade of green is the best one for him, they need to hope he performs up to expectations. In his five years with the Steelers, he racked up 5,336 yards on the ground and 2,660 in the air. He also scored a combined 42 touchdowns. In other words, he’s the threat New York has desperately needed for years.
He’s also almost 30-years-old and has a lot of tread on his tires. The more running backs touch the ball, the sooner their bodies give up on them. After holding out for a year and letting his body recover, that might not be the case with Bell. Only time will tell.