Le’Veon Bell drama ends, RB signs with Jets

By Amber Lee
Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Running back Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves, which is an awful lot of thinking and maneuvering time only to sign on with the New York Jets.

Ending months of speculation about where he’d land after playing six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Wednesday morning news broke that Bell would be taking his talents to New Jersey.

ESPN first reported the signing, and said the deal is for four years and $52.5 million — including $35 million guaranteed.

Bell, a former Michigan State star, also announced his decision on Twitter.

Several teams were mentioned throughout the past few days as having interest in signing Bell, with the Jets consistently among them.

Last month, Pittsburgh decided to not place the transition tag on Bell. That cleared the running back to become an unrestricted free agent when the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday.

The Steelers drafted Bell with the 48th overall pick in 2013. He combined with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown to form Pittsburgh’s once-potent offense, which has officially been decimated this week.

The 27-year-old Bell is a two-time AP All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler who immediately upgrades the Jets’ backfield.

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