The New York Jets added a backup veteran behind Le & # 39; Veon Bell, who hired former Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery on Thursday.
A source in the league told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's a one-year contract.
Montgomery also has experience as a kick returner, another need for the Jets, who received the free agent this week on a visit. It also attracted the interest of the Miami Dolphins.
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The Jets head coach, Adam Gase, has spoken very well of stand-in Elijah McGuire, but evidently wanted a more experienced player behind Bell, adding the team's marquee to free agency.
The 26-year-old Montgomery was traded to the Ravens on October 30, two days after a reckless layoff contributed to the loss of the Green Bay Packers against the Los Angeles Rams. He was told to kneel, but Montgomery pulled him out of the end zone and lost the ball, and the Rams waited for victory.
In six games for the Ravens, Montgomery ran for 83 yards on 15 carries, with no touchdowns. He also caught 10 pbades for 65 yards.
Montgomery, a third-round pick in 2015, began his career as a wide receiver, but traded for a runner in 2016. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry that year for the Packers: 474 yards on 77 carries. He also caught 44 pbades for 348 yards in 2016.
Montgomery will join Bell, McGuire and Trenton Cannon in the Jets field. The Jets also visited the free agent of the Chiefs of Kansas, Spencer Ware, before signing Montgomery.