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Le'Veon Bell Has No Regrets About Sitting Out

Mar 15, 2019 8:31 AM

Le'Veon Bell has no regrets about sitting out last season and perhaps overplaying his negotiating hand as he entered free agency.

Bell said he's very happy with the "beautiful deal" he got from the New York Jets.

The running back signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract, including $25 million guaranteed at signing.

"I don't regret anything that had happened," Bell said. "Everything's happened for a reason. Who can say that if I played last year, you know, if I do go out and play last year on a one-year franchise tag, if I do get hurt, do I end up sitting in this position today, being with the New York Jets on a beautiful deal?"

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Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Le'Veon Bell Agrees To Four-Year, $52.5M Deal With Jets

Mar 13, 2019 7:01 AM

Le'Veon Bell has agreed to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets.

The deal contains $35 million in guaranteed money for Bell. The maximum value could hit $61 million with incentives.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after he was unable to agree upon a long-term contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell became a free agent when the Steelers elected not to use a franchise or transition tag on him.

The San Francisco 49ers also made a strong offer for Bell. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, never made an offer.

Bell's average salary per year with the Jets, $13.25 million, would rank him second among running backs in the NFL, behind Todd Gurley's $14.37 million average.

The Steelers offered Bell $70 million last offseason but contained only $17 million in guarantees. Todd Gurley and David Johnson received between $31 million and $45 million in guarantees. Bell called the Steelers' $70 million "Monopoly money." Bell's contract with the Jets doubles his guaranteed money even if it doesn't make up the $14.5 million in lost 2018 money.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Le'Veon Bell Believed To Be Picking Between Jets, Ravens

Mar 12, 2019 2:12 PM

The New York Jets have made their best and final offer to Le'Veon Bell.

With Anthony Barr choosing to re-sign with the Vikings, the Jets had some additional cap space to offer Bell.

Bell is believed to be choosing between the Jets and the Baltimore Ravens. Bell has indicated to some friends how much he likes Baltimore. With the Ravens, Bell would play against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice per season.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets have given Bell a deadline to take their offer.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Vikings Agree To Re-Sign Anthony Barr On Five-Year, $67.5M Deal

Mar 12, 2019 2:08 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to re-sign Anthony Barr to a five-year, $67.5 million deal. Barr will receive $33 million in guarantees.

With incentives, the deal could reach $77.5 million for Barr.

Pro Football Focus ranked Barr as their third highest rated free agent linebacker after Jordan Hicks and C.J. Mosley.

The New York Jets also had interest in signing Barr.

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Le'Veon Bell Expected To Make Free Agency Decision On Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019 10:37 AM

Le'Veon Bell is expected to make a decision on his free agency on Tuesday.

The New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills are believed to be interested in Bell.

According to Pro Football Talk, however, the Colts are not pursuing Bell.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

C.J. Mosley Agrees To Five-Year, $85M Deal With Jets

Mar 12, 2019 8:05 AM

C.J. Mosley has agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with the New York Jets. The deal includes $51 million in guaranteed money.

Mosley was the leading tackler for the NFL's top-ranked defense and was the Baltimore Ravens' most high-profile free agent this offseason.

A first-round pick (17th overall) in 2014, Mosley has gone to the Pro Bowl in four of his five NFL seasons.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jets Acquire Kelechi Osemele From Raiders

Mar 11, 2019 8:17 AM

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to trade left guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, according to sources.

Osemele made the Pro Bowl for the Raiders in 2016 and 2017. He'll replace James Carpenter, a four-year starter for the Jets and pending free agent.

By rule, trades aren't official until Wednesday.

The Jets traded a fifth-round pick for Osemele, receiving a sixth-round choice in return from the Raiders.

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Tags: New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jets Confident Of Signing Either Le'Veon Bell Or Tevin Coleman

Mar 4, 2019 12:23 PM

The New York Jets are considered "undeniably the favorite" to sign Le'Veon Bell in free agency, according to one high profile agent with knowledge of the running back market.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also interested in Bell.

The Jets could also pursue Tevin Coleman. One source believes the Jets might prefer Coleman over Bell considering his price tag.

The Jets are confident they will sign either Bell or Coleman.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jets Interested In Trading Down From No. 3

Feb 28, 2019 8:36 AM

The New York Jets have interest in trading down from the No. 3 overall pick.

"Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I'd definitely say if there's an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it," said Mike Maccagnan.

The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 last year to select Sam Darnold. New York sent three second round picks to the Indianapolis Colts in the deal. The Jets hope to find a similar trade.

"Yeah, I think I would be open to any team that would," he said, when asked specifically about the Giants. "As long as the trade made sense to us, there's nothing that would stop us from doing that."

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Tags: New York Jets, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.

17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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