Twenty-eight hours after free agency truly began, the New York Jets finally announced the signing of top free agent Le'Veon Bell.
On a conference call soon after the announcement, Bell told local reporters that he had no regrets with how he handled his contract situation in Pittsburgh, where he refused to sign the franchise tag and, following failed long-term contract negotiations, eventually sat out the entire 2018 season in hopes of securing more guaranteed money.
"I don't regret anything that happened," Bell said. "Obviously, everything happened for a reason. Who can say if I played last year if I do go out there and play on a one-year (deal) or franchise tag that I do get hurt, do I end up sitting here today being with the New York Jets? On the other side of it, if I go out there and do play on the franchise tag and I get another 400 carries, who's to say that a team would pay me after 400 carries?"
It was a risk that Bell was worth taking, and a decision the Jets appreciate him making.
Gang Green signed one of the best running backs in football to a four-year deal worth $52.5 million with $25 million guaranteed, a relative steal considering what teams are paying average free agents this offseason. A more competitive market never materialized for Bell, who reportedly turned down a five-year, $70 million deal with $33 million guaranteed from Pittsburgh during the 2018 offseason.
At the end of the day, the new Jets running back sounded content with his landing spot.