Le’Veon Bell will be back on the field in 2019. Overnight, he agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Jets.
Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after a offseason contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The terms of his deal with the Jets are reportedly $52.5 million over four years with 35 million guaranteed.
He could earn up to $61 million based on incentives. Bell can officially sign the pact when the league year opens up later today.
News of Bell’s agreement broke after midnight, hours after the Cleveland Browns’ blockbuster trade for New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Bell immediately took to Twitter to celebrate.
“I’m back in the green baby, let’s get it,” he tweeted.
I’m back in the green baby, let’s get it
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 13, 2019
Bell last wore the green in college when he starred at Michigan State. From 2013-17, he was one of the best running backs in pro football with Pittsburgh.
Now, he’s part of a major free agency haul for the free-spending Jets, who are also expected to sign linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and one of their own free agents, defensive lineman Henry Anderson, among others.
The Jets are clearly building to begin winning now with a young franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, who is entering his second season.