At the time of publication, Bilal Powell remains a free agent, and he will look to sign with a new team as a reserve running back. Powell has spent his entire eight-year career with the Jets, and he ended 2018 on injured reserve with a neck injury. The 29-year-old is expected to make full recovery, but he isn't expected to return to the Jets, who added Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery this offseason. Keep an eye on where Powell ends up, and he could be worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Powell and the Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal Friday. Powell's workout with the Jets earlier Friday appears to have gone well enough that the two parties agreed to reunite. The 30-year-old missed the final nine games of the 2018 season with a neck injury, but received medical clearance to continue his football career in early May. Even though Powell has history with the Jets and has found some success as a passing-down back, his fantasy value faces some serious obstacles, the most obvious one being that he'll have to fight for reps behind new additions Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery.
Powell has a workout with the Jets on Friday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. The Jets' signing of Ty Montgomery in April appeared to signify the end of the line for Powell in New York, but it now appears a reunion with the team is possible, even with a new coaching staff. Powell missed the final nine games of 2018 after undergoing neck surgery, but he received full medical clearance to continue his football career in early May. The 30-year-old has been a reliable passing-down back throughout his career, but even if signed he would have limited fantasy value with the Jets while Le'Veon Bell is primed for a heavy workload in the backfield.
Powell (neck) sent out a letter Wednesday informing NFL teams that he's received medical clearance to continue his football career, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Reports in October suggested the bulging disc in Powell's neck might force him into early retirement, but then-coach Todd Bowles was more optimistic after the 30-year-old running back had surgery. With the Jets signing Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery during the offseason, Powell may need to find a new team for the first time in his career. While not particularly fast or explosive, he's a reliable passing-down back with career marks of 7.7 yards per reception and 4.4 yards per carry. Potential fits include Jacksonville, Baltimore, Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay.
The Jets' signing of Ty Montgomery suggests Powell (neck) isn't likely to be back with the team in 2019, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. A 2011 fourth-round pick, Powell started 37 of his 96 games in a Jets uniform, averaging 4.4 yards on 791 carries and 7.7 yards on 204 catches. Not once did he enter a season as the team's top ball carrier, yet he led the Jets in scrimmage yards in 2013 and 2016. It isn't quite clear if the 30-year-old will continue his football career, as there hasn't been a meaningful update on his progress since he landed on injured reserve in late October. The neck injury initially was reported to be career-threatening, but former Jets coach Todd Bowles said shortly thereafter that he expected Powell to make a full recovery.
Powell (neck) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official website reports. Powell repeatedly has proven to be a useful committee back with above-average receiving skills, but he'll probably find a tough market as a 30-year-old rebounding from a season-ending injury. The Jets may still try to bring him back for another year or two, especially if they end up releasing Isaiah Crowell (toe). There hasn't been any substantial update on Powell's progress since late October, when former head coach Todd Bowles said he expected the running back to make a full recovery from surgery to address a bulging disc. For what it's worth, teammate Quincy Enunwa needed a full year to work his way back from a similar injury, with reports at one point suggesting he might not play again.
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