Le Veon Bell, a former Pittsburgh Steelers painter, plans to sign a four-year contract worth $ 52.5 million with the New York Jets, a league source told Adam Schefter. ESPN.
The connection could give the player up to 61 million dollars and 35 million would be guaranteed.
Bell, who surprised the NFL by not participating in the 2018 season after failing to reach an agreement with the team despite being labeled a franchise player, officially became a free agent when general manager Kevin Colbert decided not to label him for the 2019.
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The two-time All-Pro team, having achieved nearly 2,000 yards in 2017, preferred to set aside an agreement that gave him $ 14.5 million as a franchise player – almost $ 855,000 per game – to preserve his health looking for a more profitable contract in the low season.
"Le Veon is still a great player," Colbert said on February 20th. "We cannot afford to use another label, it will be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the new year of the league".
His average of 128.9 yards per game between 2013 and 2017 is the best for a runner in his first five years in the league since the merger in 1970. In that time frame, he had 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns via land. He also added 312 receptions for 2,660 yards and seven diagonal visits.