Free Agent S Yeremiah Bell Chooses New York Jets Over Philadelphia Eagles

By Bryn Swartz

Free agent safety Yeremiah Bell has chosen the New York Jets over the Philadelphia Eagles, despite both teams offering him exactly the same amount of money.

Bell signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Jets, which includes $1.1 million fully guaranteed base salart, a $200,000 signing bonus, and a $100,000 workout bonus.

The 34-year old Bell also visited with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans this offseason.

I am personally very surprised that Bell turned down the Eagles. He would have a very good chance to start (likely over Kurt Coleman, not Nate Allen). He also played from 2008 to 2011 with Todd Bowles, who was Miami’s secondary coach and assistant head coach (and interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season). Bowles left after the 2011 season to become the secondary coach for the Eagles, so the fact that Bell didn’t follow Bowles to Philadelphia suggests to me that they must not have had the best relationship.

Bell turning down the Eagles also just about guarantees that the Eagles will head into the 2012 season with the exact same group of safeties that they had in the 2011 season: Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, and Jaiquawn Jarrett.

I have faith in Allen turning into an above average starter. He struggled last year because he wasn’t fully recovered from his patellar tendon in December of 2010, but he has a bright future.

I’m not too sure about Coleman, who also enters his third year in the league, as well as second-year man Jaiquawn Jarrett, who really didn’t show a lot last year.

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