1. Powell was the forgotten man last season, but the new regime didn't forget about him as free agency approached. He was one of Mike Maccagnan's priorities, which might surprise some people because Powell had such a small role last season. That wasn't his fault, though. After signing Chris Johnson, the former coaching staff felt compelled to use a Johnson-Chris Ivory tandem even though Johnson never really provided electricity. As a result, Powell had only 44 touches. But he's a dependable back and only 26 years old, so why not bring him back?
2. No word on the contract details, but based on the sluggish market for running backs, Powell's deal figures to be about $1.6 million to $2 million per year. He received strong interest from the Buffalo Bills, who have some familiar faces -- Rex Ryan and Powell's former position coach, Anthony Lynn.
3. So far, the Jets have made two moves on offense with regard to the skill positions -- re-upping with Powell and trading for wide receiver Brandon Marshall. OK, fine, but you can't help but wonder: Where's the speed on offense? The Jets don't have a true game-breaker. They have some nice parts -- Marshall, Powell, Eric Decker, Ivory, Jeremy Kerley et al -- but there's no home run threat. C.J. Spiller? Nah, I don't expect the Jets to pursue him. Truth is, they are not interested. Maybe Maccagnan is waiting for the draft to address the speed issue.
4. Powell isn't a flashy player, but he definitely registers on the radar of opponents. Example: When the Bills found out Powell was sick and couldn't play in their meeting in November, they tweaked their game plan and decided to use more blitzes, knowing the Jets would suffer without Powell's ability to pass-protect. It worked. Just ask Michael Vick, who was flattened by the Bills' pass rush.
5. Powell represents a rarity for the Jets, who haven't done a very good job in recent years of keeping their own players. Since the 2009 draft, they have given second contracts to only three players -- Powell, Kerley and Mark Sanchez.