Yeremiah Bell signed for $ 1.4 million by New York Jets
The 34-year-old Yeremiah Bell had been trying his luck with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. Rife rumors suggested Yeremiah Bell would sign up with the New England Patriots or the New York Jets by Friday. In the end the New York Jets won the cause by signing in the 6-year NFL veteran. According to club officials Yeremiah Bell fits the bill for the New York Jets.
Yeremiah Bell has been signed by the New York Jets on the basis of a one-year, $1.4 million contract. The contract comprises of a $1.1 million basic salary, $200,000 in signing bonus and $100,000 workout bonus. Thus, overall the contract guarantees an amount of up to $1.3 million.
The New York Jets could have been spared by the tiring search had things gone according to plan when they signed LaRon Landry in March. However, LaRon Landry had to face surgery for previous season’s torn Achilles tendon and is currently in the rehabilitation phase. So far, LaRon Landry’s progress has been disappointing. He hasn’t appeared in a full season since 2008 and sat-out on a total 15 games, in the last two seasons combined.
Sixth round draft pick Josh Bush and seventh round draft pick Josh Bush and Antonio Allen were also signed in accordance to the same New York Jets’ policy. However, the duo lacked experience and skills, which made them only suitable for the secondary positions.
New York Jets were hoping to sign a reliable and experienced backup safety to 6-year veteran Eric Smith. Eric Smith is predicted the new starting safety after the issue of re-signing the long-time injured Jim Leonhard remained unresolved.
Yeremiah Bell is an ideal backup safety for LaRon Landry, with 6-year veteran Eric Smith as the free safety. Yeremiah Bell has spent eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins. In the last four years, Yeremiah Bell was a regular starter for the Miami Dolphins. During this period Yeremiah Bell led Miami Dolphins’ defense with 355 solo tackles and 86 assisted. Last season, Yeremiah Bell recorded 107 tackles, 1 intercept and 2 sacks for the Miami Dolphins.
The signing of Yeremiah Bell will be a great addition to the team since he has a great impact in the box, but lacks in the cover safety department. Antonio Allen has similar game tactics to Yeremiah Bell, and could learn a few things from the 8-year NFL veteran. However, to improve on his pass coverage skills, Antonio Allen will have to rely elsewhere.
Josh Bush needs to refine his finishing touch. Again, Yeremiah Bell can assist in that department as he is a strong force on the safety tackling and can teach a few things regarding dealing with the ball-carrier.
In short, Yeremiah will do good to educate the rookie safeties, as well as take-on to replace LaRon Landry as starter in case of injuries.