The Jets will re-sign RB Bilal Powell, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN (March 10).
Powell's contract is a three-year deal worth $11.25 million with $6 million guaranteed, according to Over The Cap. Powell will receive a $2.65 million signing bonus, while his base salary for 2016 will be $850,000 and $3.75 million in 2017. His cap hit for 2016 will be $1.73 million.
The Jets, who just agreed to a three-year deal with RB Matt Forte, had recently lost RB Chris Ivory to the Jaguars.
The Patriots, according to Comcast SportsNet New England's Phil Perry, were another team that was linked to Powell, while the Cowboys and Ravens, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, had been rumored to be looking at him as well.
Playing mostly behind Ivory last season, Powell recorded 313 rushing yards on 70 carries, 388 receiving yards on 47 catches and three total touchdowns with the Jets in 2015.
Powell, 27, has been with the Jets for his entire five-year career since New York drafted him in the fourth round in 2011. Through 58 games, Ivory has 1,609 career rushing yards on 402 attempts.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter
No stat underlines Powell's importance more than this one: The Jets were 9-2 with Powell in the lineup in 2015.
For the second straight year, the Jets have realized how important he is and made bringing him back a priority. The move also has the added bonus of keeping him away from the Patriots, who were also reportedly interested.
It will be interesting to see what kind of contract he received and also how his signing will fit in with the other moves the Jets have made to their backfield so far.