Jets agree to bring back RB Powell

Field Level Media

June 08, 2019 at 12:51 am.

The New York Jets agreed to terms to bring back running back Bilal Powell on Friday, a month after he was cleared from a neck injury that was once considered potentially career threatening.

Powell, 30, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Jets, but he suffered a season-ending neck injury on Oct. 21. He underwent surgery soon after, and then-head coach Todd Bowles said it could end the running back’s career depending on the results of surgery.

Instead, Powell was cleared on May 8 and sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams saying he was “really looking forward to getting back to work.”

A fourth-round pick by New York in 2011, Powell has 791 carries for 3,446 yards and 15 touchdowns in 96 games (37 starts), along with 204 catches for 1,567 yards and five scores. In seven games last year, he had 343 rushing yards on 80 carries, plus 11 catches for 110 yards and a score.

Powell’s three-year, $11.25 million contract expired after 2018, in which he made $4 million. Terms of his new deal have not been reported.