[QUOTE]The Jets added another veteran safety to help a unit that struggled at times last season. A source confirmed that the Jets agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with Yeremiah Bell. Bell’s deal includes a $200K signing bonus and $1.1 million base salary that is fully guaranteed, according to a source. He will earn $1.3 million in full guarantees. ProFootballTalk.com first reported the signing.
Bell, 34, was released last month by the Dolphins to free up salary cap space. He played eight seasons in Miami and was a regular starter for the past four years. Bell will join Eric Smith and LaRon Landry, who was also signed this offseason, as the top three safeties on the Jets’ roster.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum said when the team signed Landry that the goal was get him ready for Week One of the regular season. Landry has dealt with an Achilles injury that has caused him to miss significant time in the past two seasons.
“This is a challenge for us," Tannenbaum said in March after the team signed Landry. "But with that said, we feel really good about LaRon. We feel really good about our medical department. We’re going to work as a partnership to get him ready for opening day. Barring something unforeseen, we think he’ll be ready to go.”
The Daily News has learned that first-round pick Quinton Coples' four-year deal (with a fifth-year team option) is worth a fully guaranteed $8.8 million dollars that includes a $4.8 million signing bonus.
A league spokesperson told the News that the NFL will review the court record of Kenrick Ellis' case to determine there will be any discipline doled out. Ellis' malicious wounding case stemming from a 2010 incident in college was resolved on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. A Jets' source told the News on Thursday that Ellis, who isn't aw U.S. citizen, isn't expected to be deported. The team was given assurances long ago that Ellis was plea to a lesser charge.[/QUOTE]