Crowell agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Jets on Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. Crowell is fully guaranteed $4 million, which seems reasonable for the physical back, who will help fill the void created by the retirement of Matt Forte. With the Jets, Crowell is in line to work in some form of a timeshare with Bilal Powell and second-year back Elijah McGuire.
The Jets are in line to sign Crowell to a three-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The deal won't be official until the new league year kicks off Wednesday, but the Jets will effectively exchange Matt Forte, who recently retired, for Crowell. In four seasons with the Browns, Crowell increased his carry count each year and was a passable receiver, boasting career marks of 4.2 yards per rush and a 73.3 percent catch rate. As the Jets backfield currently stands, Crowell will vie with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire for RB reps in 2018.
Crowell, who rushed 15 times for 21 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers, finished the 2017 campaign with 853 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 206 carries. Many were expecting a breakout year for the 24-year-old back, but for the fourth consecutive year, Crowell failed to rush for 1,000 yards. Crowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it's unlikely he'll return to Cleveland. He clashed with coach Hue Jackson on multiple occasions about his use in the offense, and he may want to find greener pastures in 2018.
Crowell (shoulder/ribs) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Crowell has been afflicted by shoulder injuries at various points this season, but his consecutive game streak is intact since entering the NFL in 2014. His workload has remained consistent as well, as evidenced by him handling 45 percent of the offensive snaps in 11 of 15 games. Expect Crowell to receive his typical 14.6 touches per game Sunday against a Steelers defense that has given up 141.1 yards from scrimmage per outing and 12 touchdowns to running backs in 2017.
Crowell (shoulder/ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. This is the fifth time in the last seven weeks Crowell has been listed with a shoulder injury, but the issue with his ribs appears to be new. Regardless, his ability to practice in any capacity suggests he's on track to play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|12||11/25||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|17||12/30||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
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