Running back Bilal Powell will stay with the New York Jets after agreeing to terms to the team before he hit the open market in NFL free agency.
The Jets have secured their running back depth by retaining 26-year-old Powell. Powell has spent his entire four year career in New York and will continue to get some carries for the team moving forward.
There was internal fear within the Jets organization that Powell would follow coach Rex Ryan to Buffalo, a similar situation to linebacker David Harris, but the Jets were able to retain both players this offseason.
Powell was underutilized last season after the addition of Chris Johnson, carrying the ball only 33 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. Powell showed his most value in 2013, rushing 176 times for 697 yards and touchdown. He also caught 36 passes for 272 yards that season.
While not an every-down back, Powell can provide some quality carries and insurance at the running back position. He has only fumbled twice in 332 career carries, and the Jets lost neither of those fumbles.
Chris Ivory is still the projected starter for the Jets, but Powell should garner more carries next season then last. The Jets are reportedly looking to continue to add at running back as well. C.J. Spiller may be a flashier option, but the team is said to be higher on New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen.
Vereen can do a little bit of everything and will come at a much lower cost than Spiller.
With free agency looming, the Jets continue to bolster their core by re-signing their own players and creating valuable depth.