'Joe & Evan': Bilal Powell Says He Wants To Retire With Jets

The Running Back Wants To Re-Sign With New York

Joe & Evan
January 30, 2020 - 5:03 pm

Bilal Powell’s story is a rare one in the NFL.

Listen to your team news NOW.

2019 was Powell’s ninth season with the New York Jets. He has spent his entire career with the franchise and is currently its longest-tenured player.

It’s unclear where Powell will be playing in 2020, but he wants to stay with the Jets. On Thursday, the running back joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts live on WFAN from Radio Row at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. He told the guys he wants to retire as a Jet.

“I just stay in my lane,” said Powell. “I sit back and let things happen and unfold. I want to retire a Jet, that’s the biggest thing for me.”

At the moment, Powell is a free agent. He signed a one-year deal last June after he had been unsigned for a few months.

There’s still plenty of time for the Jets to re-sign Powell if they decide to. His future with the team could be impacted by Le’Veon Bell’s future with the team. After the season ended, head coach Adam Gase gave a vague answer when he was asked if he would like to see Bell back with the Jets in 2020.

Bilal Powell of the Jets runs with the ball during the first half of NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images

Powell told the guys that he has had chances to leave in the past, but that he ultimately decided to stay to try and help the team fulfill its potential.  

“For me, I just like to sit put. I had a couple opportunities to leave around the times that I was a free agent in previous years, but I wanted to stick around and see this thing unfold.”

Powell also spoke about the progress that he has seen in Sam Darnold. Roberts asked him what specific improvements he has noticed in the QB’s play.

“Just being precise with the ball, better decision making, being able to extend plays, his pocket presence and his huddle presence … when he speaks everyone needs to listen. He’s the commander in chief. So, when he’s confident, everyone else around him is confident. And he’s playing confident, throwing the ball confident, getting the ball out on time, and doing certain things like that.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full interview with Bilal Powell.