Jets sign veteran S Bell

Posted May 18, 2012 @ 12:34 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Jets added another safety this offseason, signing veteran Yeremiah Bell on Friday. Pro Football Talk first reported the signing.

The one-year deal is worth $1.4 million, according to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Bell had offers from the Eagles and Jets that he was weighing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, and he chose to stay in the AFC East and play for the Jets.

Bell, 34, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Dolphins and has notched more than 100 tackles in each of the past four seasons. Bell has missed only one start while playing in all 16 games since 2008. He has six career interceptions, 11 career sacks and nine career forced fumbles.

In 2011, Bell started all 16 games and made 107 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed and one interception. Earlier this spring, the Jets signed veteran S LaRon Landry. They also drafted two safeties, Josh Bush and Antonio Allen.

The way we see it

Safety was a big position of need for the Jets heading into the offseason. Jim Leonhard, a free agent, is coming off another leg injury and the position lacked depth. Bell won’t be able to offer much in coverage at this point in his career, but he is good in the box and provides another veteran presence in the Jets’ secondary.