The Jets officially added one of the NFL’s most dynamic offensive weapons today with the signing of Le’Veon Bell.
A three-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-team All-Pro, the 6’1”, 225-pound Bell is elite in multiple dimensions. In Bell, the Jets have acquired the fastest player in NFL history to reach 5,000 rushing yards and 2,500 receiving yards (59 games). And that feat came after Bell became the first player in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards in his first 50 games.
Despite playing just five seasons in Pittsburgh and sitting out the 2018 campaign, Bell leaves the Steelers with the fourth-most rushing yards in team history (5,336) and the second-most receiving yards in team history among running backs (2,660). His 35 rush touchdowns tied for third-most in Steelers history and his 7,996 scrimmage yards are the sixth-most.
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The 27-year-old Bell, who elected not to sign the Steelers’ franchise tag last year and became a free agent when Pittsburgh elected not use the tag on him this spring, last played in 2017. Over 15 regular-season contests, Bell ran for 1,291 yards on a career-high 321 attempts while also pitching in with a personal-best 85 receptions and 655 receiving yards.
A second-round pick (No. 48 overall) of the Steelers in 2013, Bell exploded in 2014 with 1,361 yards on the ground and eight rush touchdowns along with 83 receptions, 854 receiving yards and three scores through the air.
Limited to just six games in 2015, Bell appeared in 27 regular-season contests in 2016-17 and averaged 1,280 rush yards and eight rush TDs in addition to 80 receptions, 636 receiving yards and two scores.
Bell, whose 312 career receptions are the most for a Steelers running back, set a franchise mark with his 17 games with at least 150 scrimmage yards. In 2016, Bell became the first player in NFL history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game in a single season.
And Bell has been special in the postseason as well, setting the NFL mark in 2016 with his 337 rush yards being the most for any player’s first two playoff games. The two-time Steelers MVP (2014 and 2016) set Pittsburgh’s single-game rushing record in the regular season with 236 against Buffalo in December of 2016 and then its postseason single-game mark with 170 at Kansas City a month later.
The Jets entered the offseason intent on adding weapons around QB Sam Darnold and they’ve done just that. Jamison Crowder gives Darnold a new slot target and Bell gives the Jets the most prolific running back in the NFL today.