The New York Jets entered the offseason in search of upgrades for their offense and they found it early in the free agency process. On Tuesday, New York agreed to a three-year deal with running back Isaiah Crowell. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal.
Crowell, an undrafted free agent out of the 2014 NFL Draft class, lands his first big contract in the NFL. The 25-year-old comes off a disappointing 2017 with the winless Cleveland Browns, but he did flash plenty of talent during his four-year stay in Cleveland.
Across four seasons with the Browns, Crowell averaged 4.2 yards per carry and found the end zone 21 times. While he didn't finish his tenure in Cleveland strong last season with just 853 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Cleveland's weekly struggles on offense and falling behind in games forced Crowell into a smaller role and took away more of his opportunities. Even through it all, he still finished the year with an average of 4.1 yards per carry.
In terms of landing spot, fantasy owners would have preferred a better destination. New York's offensive line is still a point of issue and while the team brought back quarterback Josh McCown, this offense will still fall short of being one of the more productive units in the NFL. Crowell will also be limited to an early-down role thanks to the presence of Bilal Powell, who will make more of the big plays and step in on third downs.
Crowell is likely headed for another mediocre season in fantasy next year, though he should see a rise in his touchdowns over the two trips he made last season. If New York can make further improvements to its offense this offseason, then Crowell could see a slight bump in his fantasy value.