The Jets said earlier today that they were going to sign a running back, as they worked out Steve Slaton and Khalil Bell. Well, Mike Tannenbaum and company have made their decision, and that decision is Khalil Bell.
Multiple sources have confirmed the signing this afternoon. Bell has spent his entire 3+ year career with the Chicago Bears, acting primarily as a backup. His best year behind Matt Forte was 2011, when he carried the ball 79 times for 337 yards, a 4.3 average yards per carry. He also added 19 receptions out of the backfield for 133 yards and a 25 yard TD. He is a clear upgrade in this offensive backfield, maybe even over Shonn Greene, and the Jets should work him into the offense immediately.
To make room the Jets have released OLB Aaron Maybin. This doesn’t come as a suprise, as Maybin has not made an impact of any kind in 2012. AFter leading the Jets in sacks in 2011, Maybin added weight in order to stay on the field on all downs, but in fact, has not been able to stay on the field even on passing downs. He has been horrifically disappointing, and it was time for him to go. So out he goes to make room for Bell.
This was a good move by the Jets, but it may just be too little, too late.
The Jets also announced today that Isaiah Trufant has been put on season ending injured reserve. No word at this point as to who is going to fill the roster spot.