NFL free agency rumors: Jets continue search for Le'Veon Bell’s backup

NFL free agency rumors: Jets continue search for Le'Veon Bell’s backup

The Jets could be searching for backfield depth.

New York is meeting with running backs Spencer Ware and Ty Montgomery, according to reports from ESPN, which both cite unidentified league sources.

Ware began his career with the Seahawks and has spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs. He tallied 246 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on 51 carries in 2018. The 27-year-old added 20 catches for 224 yards.

Meanwhile, Montgomery spent time with the Packers and Ravens last season, rushing for 188 yards and a score in 13 games. He has registered 10 total touchdowns in 42 career games.

Montgomery also has experience on special teams and could be used as a kick returner.  

The Jets have made multiple upgrades this offseason, including agreeing to a four-year, $52.5 million deal with star tailback Le’Veon Bell last month. Ware or Montgomery would be signed as a backup.

“When this season ended, I just liked how all the stars aligned,” Bell said about joining the Jets. “In my head, that’s where I wanted to go, unless something forced me not to go. I’m glad we made this happen and everything worked out.

“There’s a lot of talent on the offensive side. Obviously, guys are young, with a young quarterback. … And I’ve always been high on the Jets defense. They’ve always had good players and talent throughout my career.”

The Jets finished 2018 with a 4-12 record and missed the playoffs for an eighth straight season. They fired former coach Todd Bowles in late December and hired Adam Gase to replace him.