Le'Veon Bell Could Sign With Jets In 2019

The Jets have a lot of cheap skill-position talent and a lot of money to spend

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
July 19, 2018 - 9:31 pm

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Le’Veon Bell is betting on himself in 2018. He opted against signing a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, meaning he will almost certainly hit the open market next offseason at 27.

Thoughts?

“If he blows out his knee Week, 4 then obviously he will have made a monumental mistake,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “But I believe on the open market next year, with the cap continuing to go up – and with there always being six to eight teams in this league who have infinitely more cap space than they could spend even if they wanted to – and teams that have over the years had difficulty attracting players, it only takes one team.”

La Canfora believes a team will pay Bell $16 million a year with $32-38 million guaranteed.

“I don’t think it’s out of the question,” La Canfora said. “I really don’t. Again, it only takes one. Could I see the Jets pay him $16 million a year after they were willing to pay (Kirk) Cousins $30 million a year and he turned him down? They have a lot of that budgeted money left over, and you’ve got a young quarterback in Sam Darnold in 2019. He needs some weapons around him, and they like their young receiver group but none of those guys are making money yet. I could totally see it. 

“So I do think he’ll get that money,’ La Canfora continued. “The question is, in the meantime, can Todd Gurley or David Johnson raise the bar while Le’Veon Bell has to sit out. He can’t negotiate with anybody until next March. What do the Cardinals do with David Johnson? There obviously wont be a Le’Veon Bell long-term deal to negotiate off of. Can he go out and get, say, $14 million a year on a long-term deal with $30 million guaranteed? We’ll see.”