Schefter mentions that Bell receives a four-year, $52.5 million contract from the Jets that is worth a maximum of $61 million and includes $35 million guaranteed.
Bell has confirmed the news:
I’m back in the green baby, let’s get it
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 13, 2019
Reports from earlier in the day made it clear that the Jets were the team to beat for Bell and they wanted to get an answer back from him sooner rather than later or they planned to move on.
The Raiders, Colts, Bills, and Ravens had all come up as possible landing spots for Bell, but the Jets were really the team to beat for his services.
Bell, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Steelers back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $4,120,600 rookie contract, but Pittsburgh used their franchise tag on him.
Last year, the Steelers decided to franchise Bell for the second straight year, but he elected to hold out the entire 2018 season and set himself up for free agency in 2019.
In 2017, Bell appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and rushed for 1, 291yards on 321 carries (4 YPC) to go along with 85 receptions for 655 yards receiving and 11 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 9 running back out of 58 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.