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number crunching to the critics.The star running back slept soundly after finally making his long-awaited decision on where to restart his NFL career Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , agreeing to a four-year, $52.5 million deal from the New York Jets early Wednesday morning and officially signing Thursday.“The Jets were kind of the team I had in the back of my mind where I wanted to go,” Bell said during a conference call. “So, you know, once the numbers made sense to me, it wasn’t really a hard decision. I made the decision and I’m happy with the decision I made.“Today, I woke up feeling amazing. So, I’m happy with where I stand.”The deal, which reportedly includes $25 million in guarantees, had some wondering if he might have made a mistake by sitting out all last season after declining a five-year, $70 million offer from the Steelers and then refusing to sign his $14.5 million franchise tender.Bell gambled on himself and took a chance — one he’s content with, regardless of whether some think he overplayed his hand and shortchanged himself.“The decision I made is the decision I would do all over again,” Bell said. “I don’t regret anything that happened. Everything has happened for a reason up until this point. Who’s to say if I played last year, if I do go out there and play on a one-year franchise tag and I do get hurt, do I end up in this position today, being with the New York Jets on a beautiful deal?“Even on the other side of it Youth Marcus Maye Jerseys , if I go out there and play on the franchise tag and I get another 400 carries … and I come out of the season healthy, who’s to say what team is going to take me after another 400 carries? So, like I said, I’ve contemplated everything I’ve done. … I don’t regret one thing. I’m happy where I’m at and the decision I made and I’m glad I’m here.”After all, Bell had dreams of being a member of the Jets as a kid.He grew up in Groveport, Ohio, in a house full of Steelers fans, but his favorite player was Jets running back Curtis Martin. From afar, he wanted to be just like Martin, a playmaker out of the backfield who could change games in an instant on his way to a Hall of Fame career.Turns out, Bell has carved out quite an impressive career of his own. He rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns in five seasons for Pittsburgh, and caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven scores as one of the most versatile and dangerous offensive players in the NFL. His 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game over his career is the best mark in the NFL since the 1970 merger.And, now, he’ll be able to get back on the field and make his mark for the team Martin once carried.“When the season ended Marcus Maye Jerseys Stitched , it was kind of like all the stars kind of aligned to the Jets,” Bell said. “I’m glad we made it happen and everything worked out.”Oh, and those comments over a year ago when Bell shot down a fan who jokingly offered him $60 million to play for the Jets, or when he said during last year’s Super Bowl that it would take $100 million for him to come to New York?Well, that was then.“I mean, that was just me being on Twitter and TMZ talking,” Bell said with a chuckle. “That’s all that was. The situation I’m in right now, I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.”Bell’s arrival comes at a time when the Jets are building around second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who showed promise as a rookie as well as the typical ups and downs young signal callers deal with early in their careers.But Bell, like many others, saw some promise in Darnold — and is excited about helping the youngster grow and thrive — and win — in the NFL.“I’m just looking forward to coming in and being, you know, sort of his security blanket, a guy he can rely on,” said Bell, who acknowledged that Darnold was “absolutely” a major factor in his decision.“I’m going to do everything in my power to try to make his job as easy as possible Youth ArDarius Stewart Jerseys ,” Bell added. “Seeing a guy like him, so young and so talented and knowing, maybe he needs another weapon. You never know what he can do with another weapon.”That’s where Bell comes in. As soon as he shakes off the rust, of course.“The fact that I took last year off, it sucked having to watch and not play football,” Bell said. “But at the same time, at the end of December and through January and February, it’s the best my body’s feeling ever in my life. There’s nothing that can even come close to compare to how I feel.”He hasn’t played an NFL game since Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Jacksonville on Jan. 14, 2018. That means it will be a span of 19 months in between game appearances by the time the preseason begins in August.“Things that count, I’ll be ready for that,” Bell said. “I’ve been playing football my whole life, so it’s something that kind of comes natural to me, but obviously not having done it at a full competitive level for over a year, so it’s going to take minicamp and OTAs and practices to get right, but I’ve got plenty of time until the regular season starts.” FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Christopher Johnson was in an elevator at Ford Field in Detroit when his New York Jets took the field with Sam Darnold.The team’s acting chairman and CEO then heard the roar from Lions fans and immediately knew something had gone wrong for his rookie quarterback in the season opener Monday night.Darnold threw an interception on his first pass that was returned for a touchdown.“I looked through the glass wall of the elevator ArDarius Stewart Jerseys Stitched , and I saw a replay of the pick,” Johnson recalled Wednesday in his first formal chat with reporters since last season ended. “My heart sank, like every Jets fan’s heart sank at that point.”Johnson, running the team while brother Woody is serving as the U.S. ambassador to the U.K., also added that his “heart stopped” but did not get down on the 21-year-old Darnold. He also knew the youngster would bounce right back.“One of the things we’ve seen from Sam in college, in the springtime and in training camp is that he has an amazing ability to put adversity behind him,” Johnson said. “When something goes wrong, he quickly pivots to what comes next. I had great faith in him even after that pick-6.“I thought, ‘OK, he’s been punched in the face. Let’s see how he responds.’ And I did not lose heart entirely.”Darnold delivered, going 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns while helping the Jets to a stunning 48-17 season-opening victory.“I think he’s one of those old souls,” Johnson said. “He’s wise beyond his years. Certainly his decision-making to this point has indicated so. He’s very steady. He’s not prone to big highs or lows.”The Jets traded up three spots from No. 6 in March to assure themselves of getting a franchise-type quarterback. After Cleveland took quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall and the Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley, Johnson and the Jets knew they would get the guy they wanted all along in Darnold.The owner was still excited shortly after the draft when he told reporters that the selection of Darnold could be a moment people look at 20 years from now as the move that made the Jets great again.A 50-year Super Bowl drought can do that, and Johnson acknowledged Wednesday that he was “maybe a little more enthusiastic than I should be, and things got away from me a little bit.”But, Johnson added that he hopes time — and Darnold — will prove him right someday.“I think the trade up to (No.) 3 was pivotal Youth Darron Lee Jerseys ,” Johnson said. “It’s maybe the most important decision that the organization has made in a long time. I mean, certainly in years.”Johnson made sure to not raise expectations for this year’s team, reiterating that there’s no playoff mandate because he thinks those can be counterproductive.Instead, he hopes to see progress from his team and coaching staff. Not that he can’t help but feel good with such a rousing start to the season behind their rookie QB.“This is one game,” he said. “I think the fans can legitimately be excited. They should be. But it’s one game. Sam sees it as that. The organization does. We’re going to try to move forward with that in mind.”Here are some other comments from Johnson:— On whether he might continue in his current role when his brother returns from his position as U.S. ambassador: “Look, I’m looking forward to my brother coming back in a few years. He’s a great leader. But, no question, I’m hoping to have a larger role at that point than I had prior. I think he’d welcome that. I know he would because I think I have a new perspective at this point that would be valuable for the franchise.”— On being the team’s CEO:“It’s a great gig.”— On fans being excited about the potential of the Jets moving forward: “Next year, we have the most money in free agency (among NFL teams) and I think there’s reasonably going to be some interesting free agents coming out. It’ll be another chance for us to improve the team. Maybe expectations should ramp up here. But for right now, I think this team is advancing. I’m happy with what I see so far.”— On the team’s sights set on getting to a Super Bowl in the future: “I’m always going to want to go to the Super Bowl. Do I expect that? I want to be there. If you’re in this league and you’re not trying to get to the Super Bowl, and that isn’t your expectation from Day 1, then what the hell are you doing here? And that’s the mindset.”— On 39-year-old backup quarterback Josh McCown, who is making $10 million this season but is the unquestioned leader in the locker room: “I think he’s money well spent.”— On having no role in naming Darnold the starter and leaving it up to his coach and GM: “I’m not yet Jerry Jones.”— On ticket sales with the Jets set to play their home opener Sunday against the Miami Dolphins: “They’re well ahead of where we were last year. I’m not going to go into details. This first game, we’re trending toward a sellout and I’m hoping we get there.”
 
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