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Jets sign Yeremiah Bell to one-year, $1.4 million deal

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Yeremiah Bell has found his new NFL home.

A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that Bell has signed with the Jets on a one-year, $1.4 million contract. The deal includes a $200,000 signing bonus, a $1.1 million fully guaranteed base salary and a $100,000 workout bonus.

Bell was expected to sign today after making visits to the Eagles, Jets, Chiefs and Titans since being released by the Dolphins, and now the deal with the Jets is done.

For the Jets, who went into the offseason with bolstering the safety position as one of their top priorities, have now added two in free agency, Bell and LaRon Landry. They also spent a sixth-round draft pick on safety Josh Bush and a seventh-round draft pick on safety Antonio Allen.

The 34-year-old Bell has played his entire eight-year career with the Dolphins. He started all 16 games last year.

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63 Responses to “Jets sign Yeremiah Bell to one-year, $1.4 million deal”
  1. boopipes says: May 18, 2012 12:38 PM

    Yeremiah was a bullfrog.

  2. saklr1 says: May 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    So I guess it did take “an advanced degree in astrophysics” after all to figure out the team.

  3. eagles107 says: May 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    And the slowest safety tandem in the league goes to …….

  4. truthhurtstoo says: May 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    poor choice Y Bell… didn’t JT’s year there teach you anything?

  5. elmaxoh says: May 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    So he sign to backup Landry ?

    Bad choice …

  6. jacksaysfu says: May 18, 2012 12:40 PM

    I wanted him to sign in philly , but now that he hasn’t , this guy sucks . Good depth signing and shame on me for trusting in Florio

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 18, 2012 12:42 PM

    Should’ve known.

  8. maxvv says: May 18, 2012 12:43 PM

    Good move. The depth chart at safety needed anything it could get. That it’s a skilled veteran with long-term experience in the division doesn’t hurt either.

  9. mike bonserio says: May 18, 2012 12:47 PM

    Well they added depth and someone with experience but i cant see any other upside! to slow to cover and to old to play special teams!

  10. liljere24 says: May 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    How come he didn’t sign with the Broncos? Everyone is signing there…

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago says: May 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    Let me ask you this, NYJ fan. Do you notice the lack of outrage/fear from Dolphins fans in these comments?

    One more question. Over the past 8 seasons, you’ve played the Dolphins 16 times. Have you ever, even once, been worried about Yeremiah Bell as the Dolphins’ Safety? Ever? Once? Did you even notice he played?

    My guess is no. Y Bell seems like a great guy. Gave me a nod at a gas station once. That’s always cool when that happens.

    But if Y Bell is playing a big role for you next year, you’re not good.

  12. eaglesfan290 says: May 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    Way too much money for Bell!

  13. ghostofnflpresent says: May 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    Dream Team!

  14. hrmlss says: May 18, 2012 12:59 PM

    Called it.

  15. upyoursnfu says: May 18, 2012 1:03 PM

    Yawn….

  16. liljere24 says: May 18, 2012 1:03 PM

    Eagles fan 290 if he had signed with the eagles you would be saying “good value deal”. Not everyone wants to play in Philly

  17. polamalurulz43 says: May 18, 2012 1:07 PM

    That sound you just heard is not Rex Ryan’s stomach deflating… it is the sound of slow safeties getting blown by folks like Lloyd and Johnson.

  18. bcjim says: May 18, 2012 1:13 PM

    Great time to head to the courthouse to straighten out the whole misspelled name thing, now.

  19. dugganmt says: May 18, 2012 1:23 PM

    “eagles107 says:
    May 18, 2012 12:39 PM
    And the slowest safety tandem in the league goes to …….”

    - As a redskins fan, I honestly don’t feel any need to defend LaRon Landry but you do realize he ran a 4.35 40 at the combine right? You are uninformed sir.

  20. defiantgiant66 says: May 18, 2012 1:23 PM

    1.7 mil all in for a 34 yr old Safety ?

    My guess is the Gloria Estefan, J Lo, Fergie, Williams Sisters, etc. ownership block thinks this is a good move.

    Way to go fish.

  21. jacksaysfu says: May 18, 2012 1:26 PM

    @liljere24 : “Not everyone wants to play in Philly ”

    Im pretty sure the Eagles didn’t really want him cause Roseman said that Philly wouldn’t bring in any veteran
    safety , at least not until after training camp . But you are correct T.O wanted no part of the Eagles in 2005

  22. khuxford says: May 18, 2012 1:30 PM

    defiantgiant66 says:
    May 18, 2012 1:23 PM
    1.7 mil all in for a 34 yr old Safety ?

    My guess is the Gloria Estefan, J Lo, Fergie, Williams Sisters, etc. ownership block thinks this is a good move.

    Way to go fish.
    ————-

    Actually, they’re just glad you’re not their accountant…since the contract is for $1.4m.

    Solid signing. Nothing to print shirts for or make guarantees ov…dammit…Rex just went on the air and guaranteed a Super Bowl again, didn’t he?

  23. khuxford says: May 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    And Phins fan who asked NYJ fans about the lack of outrage? You guys spent all that when you blew up about him getting cut with the initial Jets rumors. You’re just all getting old and that refractory period is getting longer, so you couldn’t blow your outrage nut again at this time.

  24. orakpownd says: May 18, 2012 1:37 PM

    Its a great signing. When Landry’s ankles and knees turn into dust before everyones eyes at OTA’s you will be happy he is there.

  25. soflasfinest says: May 18, 2012 1:38 PM

    Damn, I know it’s a business decision but I absolutely HATE when an ex Fin signs with the jets or pats. It’s like an ex gf dating your buddy from when you were younger, nooo bueno.

  26. laeaglefan says: May 18, 2012 1:46 PM

    From most of the comments I’ve heard from Eagles fans, this was no big loss for the Eagles to not get him.

  27. CJ says: May 18, 2012 1:47 PM

    dugganmt says:
    May 18, 2012 1:23 PM
    “eagles107 says:
    May 18, 2012 12:39 PM
    And the slowest safety tandem in the league goes to …….”

    - As a redskins fan, I honestly don’t feel any need to defend LaRon Landry but you do realize he ran a 4.35 40 at the combine right? You are uninformed sir.
    ____________
    As a fan of common sense, I don’t feel any need to expect you to use it, but you do realize that the combine was 5 years ago and he’s gotten significantly larger and had several injuries since since then, right?

  28. agcooney108 says: May 18, 2012 1:48 PM

    it’s only because it’s the jets that everyone thinks it’s a bad move. it was a good move, good role player and he knows the division. what’s negative about that?

  29. jetstizzi85 says: May 18, 2012 1:50 PM

    Solid signing….Jets needed S depth after how bad they played last season and this provides just that with Landry / Allen / Bush and Smith. If they can stay healthy, this can be one of the best overall secondary in the NFL.

    To the fans that bash EVERY move the Jets make – you are funny! This guy signs anywhere else and that team gets credit LOL…..

  30. cletusvandam says: May 18, 2012 1:51 PM

    Nothing like a 40 year old safety to cure your teams ills.

  31. khuxford says: May 18, 2012 1:52 PM

    If they had this room under the cap and no other place they were likely to spend it (coaches seem to think they don’t need any OL additions), why not commit $1.4m for one year? They didn’t get talked into signing a two or three year deal that might sting them at all in the future.

  32. rickastleydancemoves says: May 18, 2012 1:54 PM

    Welp, I guess I was wrong. Slow, box safeties who can’t cover aren’t obsolete.

  33. gallaghedj311 says: May 18, 2012 1:58 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says:May 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    Let me ask you this, NYJ fan. Do you notice the lack of outrage/fear from Dolphins fans in these comments?

    __________________________________

    Not a Jets fan, but I attribute the lack of outrage/fear from Dolphins fans to a dismal fan base, not because the lone Dolphin fan in the country is happy to see him go…

  34. jonkybon says: May 18, 2012 1:59 PM

    The funny part is that the Jet haters make it sound like Bell was signed to start. He is a SS and so is the actual starter Laundry. It also give the Jets the flexability to cut Smith and save his 2+ mil cap hit. If the Jets cut Smith and he is replaced by Bell the Jets save over 600K.

  35. dugganmt says: May 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    “CJ says:
    May 18, 2012 1:47 PM
    As a fan of common sense, I don’t feel any need to expect you to use it, but you do realize that the combine was 5 years ago and he’s gotten significantly larger and had several injuries since since then, right?”

    - I do not think common sense would lead you to the conclusion that he is one of the slowest safeties in the league.

    (Assuming he is healthy, otherwise this is all irrelevant because he won’t be playing)

  36. flapjack1231 says: May 18, 2012 2:21 PM

    Funny signing for the Jets when you consider:

    The phins cut him because, like the Jets, they SPECIFICALLY need safeties who can cover TE’s.

    The phins realized he was slowing down & has been unable to cover a TE his whole career & moved on.

    Seems like the Phins FINALLY understand what their needs are. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the Jets.

  37. realitypolice says: May 18, 2012 2:22 PM

    Nice job with the Eagles prediction this morning.

  38. farvegnugen says: May 18, 2012 2:40 PM

    107 total tackles last year was 21st in the NFL. Not too bad to add that to your roster for $1.4 million.

  39. CJ says: May 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    dugganmt says:
    May 18, 2012 2:08 PM
    “CJ says:
    May 18, 2012 1:47 PM
    As a fan of common sense, I don’t feel any need to expect you to use it, but you do realize that the combine was 5 years ago and he’s gotten significantly larger and had several injuries since since then, right?”

    - I do not think common sense would lead you to the conclusion that he is one of the slowest safeties in the league.

    (Assuming he is healthy, otherwise this is all irrelevant because he won’t be playing)
    _____________
    I never said he was. My point is that you’re ripping a guy’s opinion based on “facts” that are outdated for a variety of different factors by more than 5 years. Common sense would lead you to argue based on something more credible then “but look how fast he was 5 years ago in shorts!”

  40. 6ball says: May 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    .

    There’s a shortage of good safeties in the NFL. Even if you you have a quality tandem, it’s doubtful you would have adequate backup.

    .

  41. tackleberries says: May 18, 2012 3:00 PM

    I wonder what this means for Jim Leonhard…

  42. 1972wasalongtimeago says: May 18, 2012 3:08 PM

    Not a Jets fan, but I attribute the lack of outrage/fear from Dolphins fans to a dismal fan base, not because the lone Dolphin fan in the country is happy to see him go…
    ———————————————————

    Not happy to see him go. Indifferent.

  43. bigjoe2269 says: May 18, 2012 3:28 PM

    Dolphin fans??? where???? they sure dont go see their team play cause the stadium is always full of the other teams fans

  44. effymaister06 says: May 18, 2012 3:31 PM

    finally we have some depth at safety

  45. catquick says: May 18, 2012 3:45 PM

    Landry’s achilles is ready to blow like a volcano. They only signed bell for the AARP discounts.

  46. caseyanthonymunoz says: May 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    Slowest defense ever.

  47. hermanbates says: May 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    The people criticizing this move obviously didn’t watch enough Eric Smith. There is no one slower than Smith in this league. I’m pretty sure Bryant McKinnie was faster than Eric Smith at his peak obesity.

    And the dude who said guys like Johnson and Lloyd will be blowing by Bell/Landry, have you just decided to completely disregard the fact Darelle Revis still plays for this team? Lloyd and Stevie Johnson won’t be worrying about which safety they have to blow by-there’s a certain number 24 they have to get by first.

  48. exibitsman says: May 18, 2012 4:47 PM

    excellent pick up by GM Mike tanenbaum the jets defense is looking a lot faster then last year’s defense. with all the moves tannenbaum this offseason I see the jets win total +3 or 4. this year. 11 to 12 wins AFC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. kgun80 says: May 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    @hermanbates
    Worry about 24?? Stevie Johnson vs. Jets in 2011.. 8 catches 159 1 td.. Which Revis got smoked on. So the fans like the Jets coach blather on while they live in a dream world. Bell is slow but a smart veteran player, so he may actually help.
    But I still think the Jets are gonna suck

  50. cmdrsmooth says: May 18, 2012 5:11 PM

    Bette than what we had last year. Also a leader with a great football name. I would have bet Eagles would have loved him. Sorry, he wanted to play for a team that has a chance to make noise in the playoffs.

    Great move Jets.

  51. nyjalleffingday says: May 18, 2012 5:19 PM

    @kgun80

    The kid has himself 1 decent game against Revis and now I’m supposed to believe he can do it consistently? Dude couldn’t even catch the most important ball thrown at him that day. That was the only TD 24 gave up all year, and the Jets intentionally let them get the underneath throws that day.

    Look, I appreciate that Buffalo finally has a chance to be competitive again, they were sad for a long time and I actually felt bad for Buffalo fans because they deserved better, but lets face reality: Buffalo has won 1 game against Rex and it’s because Sanchez threw 5 interceptions and even still they needed a FG in OT to win it, that D-Line hasn’t played a single down yet, and their best receiver has put up 2 TDs in as many years on the Jets catching passes thrown from a QB that hasn’t proven himself in a big moment even once while Braylon Edwards put up 3 TD’s in 2 years, catching passes from Sanchez and he wasn’t even our #1 WR.

  52. jetstizzi85 says: May 18, 2012 5:28 PM

    @caseyanthonymunoz says:May 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    Slowest defense ever.
    _________________________________
    And yet still a TOP 5 D in the NFL….

  53. dynaco says: May 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    truthhurtstoo says:
    May 18, 2012 12:39 PM
    poor choice Y Bell… didn’t JT’s year there teach you anything?

    ————————————————
    JT’s year was beating the Colts and Pats and losing in the afc championship. Is that your point??? Or were you out trolling someone elses message board back then?

  54. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 18, 2012 6:56 PM

    “it doesn’t take an advanced degree in astrophysics to conclude that the Eagles are the mystery team” -Florio

    Hilarious…..

  55. lostsok says: May 18, 2012 7:30 PM

    YB is a great locker room presence and a good guy.

    Jet fans will root for him as he chases the guy with the ball in vain because he’s too slow now to play a solid safety.

    But a GREAT locker room presence.

  56. peepeetoucher says: May 18, 2012 8:25 PM

    flapjack1231 says: May 18, 2012 2:21 PM

    Funny signing for the Jets when you consider:

    The phins cut him because, like the Jets, they SPECIFICALLY need safeties who can cover TE’s

    Seems like the Phins FINALLY understand what their needs are. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the Jets.

    The phins cut him because they saved almost 8 million dollars, not just solely because he couldn’t cover TE. Also with all the great moves made this offseason by your GM shows me they ABSOLUTELY understand what their needs are. Trading away your best receiver was a huge need.

  57. raiderapologist says: May 18, 2012 9:33 PM

    polamalurulz43 says: May 18, 2012 1:07 PM

    That sound you just heard is not Rex Ryan’s stomach deflating… it is the sound of slow safeties getting blown by folks like Lloyd and Johnson.

    You picked a bad time to drop an adverb.

  58. jonkybon says: May 18, 2012 9:34 PM

    kgun80 says:May 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    @hermanbates
    Worry about 24?? Stevie Johnson vs. Jets in 2011.. 8 catches 159 1 td.. Which Revis got smoked on. So the fans like the Jets coach blather on while they live in a dream world. Bell is slow but a smart veteran player, so he may actually help.
    But I still think the Jets are gonna suck
    __________________________________

    That was in two games, not one. No one smokes a healthy Revis. Even if they did have one good game, Revis still dominated the other 15.

    Of coarse you think the Jets will suck. Thats what you haters live and pray for. Film it!

  59. mtrhead269 says: May 18, 2012 10:09 PM

    Same Ole Jets. Sign a bunch of injured in the box safteies that can’t cover anyone. Great Job Rexie

  60. randallflagg52 says: May 18, 2012 11:01 PM

    polamalurulz43 says:
    May 18, 2012 1:07 PM
    That sound you just heard is not Rex Ryan’s stomach deflating… it is the sound of slow safeties getting blown by folks like Lloyd and Johnson.

    ————————————————–

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  61. green41563 says: May 19, 2012 2:08 AM

    kgun80 says: May 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    @hermanbates
    Worry about 24?? Stevie Johnson vs. Jets in 2011.. 8 catches 159 1 td.. Which Revis got smoked on.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is pretty funny. The guy averaged four catches and 79 yards a game, and the talk is that Revis “got smoked.”

    Haha.

    What this is really about is Revis becoming a victim of his own greatness. It’s reached a point at which a pedestrian game (4 catches, 80 yards) is something to talk about.

  62. truthhurtstoo says: May 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    “JT’s year was beating the Colts and Pats and losing in the afc championship. Is that your point???”

    Well, continue to cling to that one small moment in the past…. that’s all ya got.
    Playoff games lost are still losses.

  63. reizorc says: May 21, 2012 2:57 PM

    THE BEST non-signing of the Philadelphia Eagles so far this year!! So glad we didn’t sign him. We have two young guys (Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett) ready and waiting. Nate came on Strong at the end last year after recovering from a season ending injury the year prior. He’ll be good to go Come Cleveland!

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