Le'Veon Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning to join the New York Jets. ESPN reported the deal is for four years and $52.5 million -- including $35 million guaranteed.
The 27-year-old Bell, a two-time All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowl pick, also announced his decision on Twitter:
Bell was one of the most intriguing free agents on the market, a top-tier running back who opted to sit out all of last season rather than sign a $14.4 million franchise tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He essentially skipped a season in his prime to preserve his long-term health and secure a big payday in unrestricted free agency.
Enter the Jets and their surplus of salary-cap space. Bell immediately upgrades the Jets' backfield and gives second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and new head coach Adam Gase a big-time playmaker. Bell's 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game over his career is the best mark in the NFL since the 1970 merger.
Bell will have to work off some rust first. He has not played a game since Jan. 14, 2018.
The Jets have been busy. They also agreed to free-agent deals with linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and re-signed defensive end Henry Anderson and backup cornerback Darryl Roberts, as well as trading for left guard Kelechi Osemele from Oakland.