RB Powell agrees with Jets

The New York Jets continue to stockpile assets in their backfield, this time bringing back Bilal Powell.  The team announced Friday it agreed to a deal with the eight-year veteran. 

Powell has been on the free-agent market since the end of last season. The 30-year-old appeared in just seven games for the Jets in 2018 because of a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve. 

The 30-year-old Powell worked out for New York on Friday and appears to have proven he is healthy.

He had surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck after he was hurt during a 2-yard run late in the second quarter of New York’s 37-17 loss to Minnesota on Oct. 21. 

Former head coach Todd Bowles told reporters last October that Powell’s injury was so severe it could be career-ending. Brian Costello of the New York Post reported early Friday that Powell was going to have a workout with the team. 

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It must have gone well, since Powell will get a chance to be part of a running back group that already includes Le’Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery. 

Powell has been a steady presence as a backup for the Jets throughout his career. He has averaged at least four yards per carry in each of the past seven seasons and finished second on the team with 343 rushing yards last year.

Powell has 3,446 yards rushing in eight seasons with the Jets, 1 yard behind Adrian Murrell for ninth on the team’s career list. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Louisville in 2011 and has been a dual-threat presence out of the backfield, catching 204 passes for 1,567 yards and five touchdowns.

Powell joins a crowded Jets backfield that includes Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and De’Angelo Henderson.

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