The Facts: Now officially a member of the Jets, Bell has no regrets about skipping the entire 2018 season in lieu of playing under the franchise tag for a second time. Of course, he’d never admit to having regrets if he did. “The decision I made,” Bell told reporters, “I don’t regret anything that happened. Who can I say if I played on a franchise tag, if I do get hurt, do I sit here with the New York Jets with a beautiful deal?”
Diehards Line: While some would argue Bell should have taken the long-term deal that the Steelers offered last year — one that carried at least $5 million less in fully-guaranteed money, Bell doesn't share in that belief. He also expects big things, in part because he last played football in January 2018. “The fact that I took last year off, it sucked having to watch football, but at the same time in December and January it was the best my body felt in my entire life,” Bell said. ... We'll all have ample time to get a better feel for Bell's conditioning and likely workload. It's safe to say we'll be following along closely.