New York Jets looking to deal Le’Veon Bell by NFL trade deadline
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The New York Jets are looking to deal All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell ahead of the NFL trade deadline. Here are all the details.
If the fire sale sign wasn’t put in the front yard by the New York Jets already, it is now.
A bombshell report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reveals that “the Jets are looking to move Le’Veon Bell before the NFL trade deadline.”
Apparently the team would be willing to “move him for the right price” per the Mehta report.
What the right price is hasn’t been revealed, but with Bell being one of the best players on the team, he would likely net one of the biggest returns for a team in full rebuild.
Several teams have come out of the woodwork to show their interest including the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, and yes even the Buffalo Bills.
Apparently a lot of this report stems from friction in free agency on the Bell deal and whether or not Adam Gase wanted him or not.
The Jets signed him to a massive four-year deal for over $50 million with $27 of that guaranteed at signing. For 2019, Bell has a near $9 million cap charge.
Bell is in a career slump this season but that’s mostly because the Jets offensive line has been
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porous as opposed to him falling off the cliff.
He’s averaging a paltry 3.2 yards per clip, only has one rushing touchdown so far this season, and only got nine rushing attempts last week vs the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite the fact the team needs draft capital to accelerate the rebuild, this trade would be horrible on a number of levels.
With playoffs out of the picture at 1-6, the No. 1 goal for the Jets this year is to develop Sam Darnold. That becomes that much more difficult without having Bell in the backfield as a weapon.
On top of that, the Jets just handed over several bags of money to him, why immediately ship him out and eat dead money?
If you needed one more reason, Le’Veon Bell has been an amazing leader in the locker room for the green and white. He’s kept the team together and has earned the respect of the fans and his teammates. This potential trade wouldn’t go over with either of those parties.
The Jets should be active ahead of the deadline, but they shouldn’t be stupid. Hopefully, they make the correct move and stick by Bell who has stuck by them through thick and thin.