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Le’Veon Bell admits Jamal Adams was a ‘huge part’ of signing with New York

Le'Veon Bell, Jets

The New York Jets made headlines with the signing of running back Le’Veon Bell. It appears fans have safety Jamal Adams to thank for that.

There was no shortage of interest in a player of Bell’s caliber in free agency. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, it was the push from Adams that convinced him to sign with the Jets:

“Jamal did his thing. He was texting me, tweeting me… Instagram…. It meant everything in the world to me… that he wanted me that much. It was definitely a huge part. He made it happen.”

It is encouraging to see such a young player being able to make an impact both on the field and in free agency. He is providing the Jets with plenty of bang for their buck by doubling as a recruiter and one of the most promising, young safeties int he NFL. Bell’s arrival has provided a much-needed spark for New York moving forward.

The pressure from Adams is certainly understandable. Bell was once widely considered the best running back in the NFL before his brief hiatus due to failed contract negotiations with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fortunately, he was able to save himself from an entire year of wear and tear before ultimately agreeing to a contract he felt paid him his worth.

The Jets ushered in a bit of a rebuild on offense last season with the arrival of quarterback Sam Darnold. Having a bonafide workhorse back at his disposal should help take some of the pressure off of him moving forward. Meanwhile, Adams will be looking to kick things up a notch on the defensive side of the ball.