The NY Jets have officially released Le’Veon Bell ending a disappointing tenure with the team.
Where did things go wrong? Where to start?
The Jets signed Bell to a lucrative four-year, $52.5 million contract in the 2019 offseason with an eye on improving upon an offense that ranked as one of the worst units the year prior.
The move made plenty of sense at the time. The Jets were attempting to build around their young, prospective franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, and acquiring one of the most talented skill position players in the NFL was certainly one way to do that.
But almost immediately, it became apparent that this was a marriage doomed to fail from the start. Bell never found his footing in New York averaging a lowly 3.3 yards per carry in his lone full season with the team.
And despite an offseason of training to get in the best shape of his life, a hamstring injury derailed his 2020 season before it could even really get started. The Jets did what they could to trade Bell, but they couldn’t find any takers.
Thus, Bell was released — something no one would have seen coming some 14 months ago. What happened? How did this happen?
We take a look at the impetus behind Bell’s shortcomings with the Jets.