Free agents Shonn Greene, Yeremiah Bell, LaRon Landry leave Jets
The mass free-agent exodus from Florham Park continued Wednesdayas running back Shonn Greene and safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry signed elsewhere.
The Titans announced via their official Twitter account that they had come to terms with Greene. The running back reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $10 million.
The Cardinals announced yesterday afternoon that they had agreed to terms with Bell. Landry's four-year deal with the Colts for $24 million ($14 million guaranteed) wasn't reported until about 11:30 p.m.
The news of these signings came just a day after the Jets released nose tackle Sione Po'uha and defensive tackle Mike DeVito signed a three-year, $12.6-million deal with the Chiefs.
Bilal Powell will be expected to shoulder a bigger load to make up for the loss of Greene, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. The Jets also have Joe McKnight and John Griffin, and they could bolster their backfield through the draft.
Greene, a third-round pick in 2009, gained 3,423 yards -- 10th on the franchise's all-time list -- on 822 carries (4.2 average) with 18 touchdowns. The powerful back will complement speedy Chris Johnson in Tennessee.
Bell (89 tackles in 2012 after eight seasons in Miami) was signed to replace former Jet Kerry Rhodes, whom the Cardinals released yesterday.
For the second consecutive season, the Jets' secondary will look completely different. The team signed Bell, 35, and fellow free agent Landry to one-year deals last offseason in an attempt to add athleticism and aggressiveness. The pair was an upgrade over Jim Leonhard, who played for the Broncos last season, and Eric Smith.
With last month's release of Smith, the only safeties on the Jets' roster are 2012 draft picks Josh Bush and Antonio Allen and Bret Lockett and Jaiquawn Jarrett, who were signed to reserve/futures contracts.
And now the Jets appear close to losing Dustin Keller also. The free-agent tight end, Mark Sanchez's favorite target, is expected to sign with the Dolphins soon. Keller, who played only eight games in 2012 because of ankle and hamstring injuries, arrived at the Dolphins' facility Wednesday night, according to the NFL Network.
Miami already has made a splash in free agency, signing receiver Mike Wallace and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler after losing tight end Anthony Fasano to the Chiefs and Reggie Bush to the Lions.
Notes & quotes: The Jets re-signed unrestricted free-agent fullback Lex Hilliard, a source confirmed to Newsday . . . Former Rams receiver Brandon Gibson met with the Jets, and his visit, according to a source, is slated to end Thursday . . . RB Mike Goodson also is scheduled to visit the Jets Thursday, per a source.