2012 NFL Free Agency: Yeremiah Bell Would Be a Great Pickup for the Jets

Aaron Jacobs@@AaronAJacobsContributor IIIApril 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers is brought down by safety Yeremiah Bell #37 of the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium after a 42 yard catch and run down to the five yard line on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins recently released safety Yeremiah Bell and three teams are reportedly interested in his services for the 2012-13 NFL season.

The New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets have all shown interest in the veteran free agent. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed the information last night on Sports Xtra (a television show on Miami's FOX affiliate), with Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post re-tweeting the information.

The New York Jets would be a great fit for Bell because of the desperate need for depth at safety. 

Bell is listed as a strong safety and that could be a problem considering the Jets have already signed strong safety LaRon Landry to a one-year contract. 

However, Landry has a significant injury history. His ankle has bothered him for a few seasons and while he has disputed the fact that it is his Achilles tendon, it is still worth noting that he refused to have surgery and opted to have a stem-cell treatment.

If Landry goes down this season, the Jets will be left with no depth behind him, unless they plan on picking a safety in the 2012 NFL draft.

Bell has been consistent throughout his career and has produced over 100 tackles every season since 2008. Also, he has played in every game since 2008, so he is not an injury risk like Landry.

Bell is not great, but he isn't the worst strong safety in coverage. Also, he is 34 years old, so he is on the tail-end of his career.

He would be a great option for the New York Jets because he provides depth at a position which the Jets currently only have Landry and Eric Smith (who plays free safety). They let Brodney Pool and Jim Leonhard walk away in free agency.

The New York Jets should look to add depth at safety by signing Bell, especially since he could be a cheap option and provide better depth than the Jets had last season.

If the Jets can address the need for free safety in the draft, they could be an elite secondary next season.