When former general manager Mike Maccagnan signed Bell to a massive deal with the Jets in 2019, there was friction. From the start, then-new head coach Adam Gase didn’t want Bell, but was signed anyway.
The most likely reason for the disagreement was because Gase didn’t see Bell as a building block piece, but rather, the piece to end the building. After more than a season of not using Bell to the best of his abilities, and completely devaluing the star running back, the Jets were unable to get anything in return and had to release him.
The release brings with it $19 million in remaining dead cap for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021.
Bell went to the front office seeking a trade, and Joe Douglas obliged. However, they were unable to find any offers for the star running back.
As Douglas said in the statement, this is actually best for all involved. Bell was becoming a locker room irritant, and rightfully so. We were all told they would use him more, and that has been further from the case.
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, any potential suitor was deterred by the $8 million injury guarantee for 2021.
This was a terrible way to go out, and this is just another example of why Adam Gase must go at the end of the season.
Hopefully, Le’Veon Bell can find a place that will utilize his talent and get the most out of him.
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