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With Le’Veon Bell Aboard, the Jets Release RB Isaiah Crowell

The Jets already have their running back of the future on their roster with Wednesday’s signing of former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

With Bell coming aboard with a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, there’s no doubt he will be the biggest play on fanduel in ny this upcoming season.

The team now has to cut some payroll with the signing of Bell, so on Thursday the franchise dumped running back Isaiah Crowell, one season after signing him.

The 26-year-old came to the team from the Cleveland Browns, and inked a three-year, $12 million contract with the Jets in March of last year.

In his one season with the Jets Crow rushed for 685 yards and six scores on 143 carries in 13 games.

It’s no surprise that the move was made today, as half of Crowell’s $4 million salary was set to become guaranteed on Friday, and the team will clear $4 million in cap space with the release.

The only season in New York for Crowell had its moments, as he broke the franchises record for rushing yards in a single game when he ran for 219 yards and a score in a 34-16 win against the Broncos on October 7th.

That was his biggest and best moment by far, as he never broke the 100-yard rushing mark in any of his final eight games in 2018.

Bell comes to the Jets as a two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection. In his final season with the Steelers in 2017 he led the league with 321 carries and 406 touches in 15 starts.

He sat out all of 2018 in a contract dispute, but got what he wanted from the Jets and agreed to a deal late Tuesday night to come to New York starting this upcoming season.

The Jets knew that Bell was going to get a majority of the carries, so it does not make that much sense to have two running backs on the roster that are making big money.

Instead, they are going to pay Bell a ton of money, and then hope that he stays healthy, a risk based on the history of Bell, but the Jets don’t have the luxury of paying a backup running back four million dollars to wear a hat on the sidelines and watch.

Crowell still has plenty of gas left in the tank, and it won’t be a shock when a team decides to take a flier on him and ink him to be a backup somewhere in the NFL in 2019.

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