Yeremiah Bell isn’t very good, especially at 34 years of age, but Eric Smith isn’t very good either. The Jets desperately needed safety help with Eric Smith’s struggles and LaRon Landry’s history of injuries, as well as their confusing failure to use an early pick on a safety in the 2012 NFL Draft. Yeremiah Bell might not be good, but he probably was the best safety left on the open market and the Jets needed to do something at the position.
This doesn’t really fix anything, but at 1.4 million over 1 year, it’s not a bad signing or anything, even though it is fully guaranteed (huh?). Expect the Jets to once again have very poor safety play unless one of their two late round rookies, Antonio Allen or Josh Bush, can develop into a capable player as a rookie. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez should once again be looking forward to facing the Jets twice this season.