Report: Jets concerned Le’Veon Bell let himself get out of shape

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The Jets have frequently been mentioned as a potential suitor for free agent running back Le'Veon Bell, but there may be at least one reason the Jets are hesitant.

Or possibly 260 reasons: According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, there was “word on the street” that Bell got up to 260 pounds during his year off, and the Jets are concerned about what kind of shape he’s in.

Unlike Antonio Brown, who regularly posts workout videos, Bell doesn’t frequent Instagram to show off his abs. But perhaps he should, if that’s really a concern some NFL teams have. Other teams aren’t allowed to bring Bell in for a workout because he’s technically still a Steeler, but it would be easy for Bell to show on social media that he’s in shape.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Bell got a little out of shape during a year of not playing, but a year of rest rather than the wear and tear that comes with playing NFL running back might actually make him healthier than he would have been if he had hit free agency a year ago.

63 responses to “Report: Jets concerned Le’Veon Bell let himself get out of shape

  1. More like Le’Veon “Dinner” Bell eh? Am I right? Am I right? This guy knows what I’m talking about. But seriously folks, I’m here all week. Try the veal. Not so fast, Le’Veon!

  2. I’m waiting for some idiot team to pay him huge money, go 7-9 anyway, and watch as he goes AWOL because he is miffed that the team isn;t using him right or that he feels underappreciated.

  3. Must be something In the water in Pittsburgh.

    Imagine turning down $14.5 million dollars. Or $70 million over 5 years. Those deals significantly overpaid him and he said no.

    Someone explain the salary cap and the replaceable nature of the running back position to this guy.

  4. I wish LeVeon no ill will but I think he needs a date with Miss reality to realize the sun doesn’t rise and set just for him. An outstanding talent with a shortsighted outlook does not make a team player in the ultimate team sport. Teams need to be leery of his selfish attitude and give him a one year prove it contract.

  5. Duh, of COURSE he’s out of shape.
    Someone PLEASE ask De Smith and the NFLPA for their comment on Bell’s self-sequester and his resulting transformation into Jabba the Hutt.

  6. Even if he is in great shape people will see next year that he was a byproduct of a great Pittsburgh offensive line.

  7. And so it begins. The best contract offer he gets is going to be less than what the Steelers reportedly offered him (5 years, 70 mill, 33 guaranteed over first two years).

    Seems like the only people that didn’t know this is exactly how this would end were Bell and his agent. Teams have proven over and over again that running back is the most easily replaceable position on the field.

  8. It’ll only take a couple months for him to get back in great shape. Teams won’t start their training camps for another 5 months or so. This shouldn’t be a problem.

  9. revren10 says:
    February 21, 2019 at 9:36 am
    never pay a running back they aren’t worth it

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    That’s not true! Didn’t you see how amazing Todd Gurley was for the Rams in the playoffs and Super Bowl………

  10. People saying Le’Veon isn’t going to get paid what he wants don’t seem to be paying attention. Teams are flush with cash, more than they can spend in some cases. Indianapolis for example could pay Bell whatever he wants without even feeling it. The Jets too. You just wait, he’s gonna feast and feel totally vindicated for sitting a year out. You won’t find justice here.

  11. “I’m waiting for some idiot team to pay him huge money, go 7-9 anyway, and watch as he goes AWOL because he is miffed that the team isn;t using him right or that he feels underappreciated.”
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    Bonus points for when he’s so out of shape he ends up playing behind a RB the team already had.

  12. Rooney enables Tomlin and Tomlin enables these players.
    Things are out of control in Pittsburgh. Art Sr. would never let it get to this point.

    I think Jr. is more proud of 3 coaches in 40 years than he is concerned with winning.

    My team is swirling the drain and I’ve seen it coming for a while.
    Tomlin should have been fired 5 years ago.

  13. Taking a year off and getting out of shape is good for us? I guess i’ll stop going to the gym starting today.

  14. This has bust/overpayment all over it. At least Antonio Brown is best receiver in football, virtually uncoverable. Bell, avg 3.9 yards per carry in his last season played with a top 5 offensive line. Why would you thrown all that money at him? And the league has figured out his delay style in the backfield. Going to be a huge whiff.

  15. If a player sacrifices 14 million dollars to have his best chance at a long term contract and then proceeds to get out of shape during his time off, he’s a fool. I hope that’s not what happened.

  16. arealisticpackerfan says:

    February 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Must be something In the water in Pittsburgh.

    Imagine turning down $14.5 million dollars. Or $70 million over 5 years. Those deals significantly overpaid him and he said no.

    Someone explain the salary cap and the replaceable nature of the running back position to this guy.
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    ill explain the salary cap to you. 5 years and 70 million is only 14 a year and the Steelers weren’t guaranteeing much of the deal. So likely he makes it thru only 2 years of the deal before the Steelers cut him and in those 2 years he probably makes only 25 million, even saying he makes it thru 3 years before they cut for cap purposes his take home would be about 40 million at most so about 13.3 a year. Now if Bell signs the same 5 yr 70 million deal with say 40 million of it guaranteed he’s almost guaranteed to make it thru yr 4 because the dead cap hit releasing him before that would be enormous so he ends up with 4 yrs and about 62 million take home. So tell me 3 yrs and 40 million or 4 years and 62 million which is better? You can’t look at raw numbers it’s about how it’s structured and paid out.

  17. “Adam Gase is going to get along with LeVeon Bell? lol”
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    If he follows his same pattern from Miami, Gase will love on Bell like he’s his brother but the second they jettison him he’ll have all kinds of stories about how Bell skipped every meeting, talked back to all the coaches, etc. Gase is incredibly passive aggressive.

  18. I think the main reason is their new HC (Gase) does not like or deal well with noncomformists. Bell’s history is exactly that plus 18 months away from football and a potential suspension means Bell’s suitors are not as enamored as he thinks they are.

  19. myspaceyourface says:
    February 21, 2019 at 10:12 am
    Rooney enables Tomlin and Tomlin enables these players.
    Things are out of control in Pittsburgh. Art Sr. would never let it get to this point.

    I think Jr. is more proud of 3 coaches in 40 years than he is concerned with winning.

    My team is swirling the drain and I’ve seen it coming for a while.
    Tomlin should have been fired 5 years ago.

    Art Sr. was more concerned with horse racing than he was with the Steelers. It was Dan Rooney who actually turned the franchise around in the 70s and kept them at a high level for years.

  20. SundaySwamiSaysDontDisagreeWithPftOrYourCommentWontBePosted says:
    February 21, 2019 at 10:32 am
    arealisticpackerfan says:

    February 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Must be something In the water in Pittsburgh.

    Imagine turning down $14.5 million dollars. Or $70 million over 5 years. Those deals significantly overpaid him and he said no.

    Someone explain the salary cap and the replaceable nature of the running back position to this guy.
    ———-
    ill explain the salary cap to you. 5 years and 70 million is only 14 a year and the Steelers weren’t guaranteeing much of the deal. So likely he makes it thru only 2 years of the deal before the Steelers cut him and in those 2 years he probably makes only 25 million, even saying he makes it thru 3 years before they cut for cap purposes his take home would be about 40 million at most so about 13.3 a year. Now if Bell signs the same 5 yr 70 million deal with say 40 million of it guaranteed he’s almost guaranteed to make it thru yr 4 because the dead cap hit releasing him before that would be enormous so he ends up with 4 yrs and about 62 million take home. So tell me 3 yrs and 40 million or 4 years and 62 million which is better? You can’t look at raw numbers it’s about how it’s structured and paid out.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Now factor in how much he would have made already i he had signed and then subtract that number from whatever he might get this year. He needs a significant deal just to break even with where he would have been and he damaged his marketability by sitting out.

  21. Bell will sign a big deal with someone. He will produce at a high level… sometimes.

    It’s always foolish to overpay backs. Except when it isn’t. It’s probably the hardest position in the league to predict. Things can get bad quickly. Bell has had some injuries. He’s also had drug issues. I wouldn’t want my team to give him a lot of guaranteed money, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make some GM look brilliant for doing so.

  22. Where else would Bell get $14 million/year?
    The CFL? No.
    The AAF? No.
    The XFL? No.
    Bell has no degree (he left MSU early) but majored in sociology. Social workers make about $45k annually, if that.
    So clearly he is NOT a financial genius and neither is his agent.

  23. Not news…. what did they THINK was going to happen to a guy with tons of money on South Beach?

    WDVE in Pittsburgh has been talking about his weight gain since last year…

  24. Here’s to hoping no teams signs Bell as to show other players who are thinking about doing what Bell did in 2018 …that there will be significant repercussions.

    What Bell did was pure, unadulterated greed.

  25. bird2urmother says:
    February 21, 2019 at 9:35 am
    It’ll only take a couple months for him to get back in great shape. Teams won’t start their training camps for another 5 months or so. This shouldn’t be a problem.

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    If I was the check writer I would be wanting to see it first.

  26. His agent totally mis-managed this whole situation. It’s a shame (not really) that Bell did’nt see this….everyone elase did. He’s going to only get a 1 year ‘prove it to me’ deal from teams. Let this be a lesson to greedy players who over-value themselves.

  27. You can’t look at raw numbers it’s about how it’s structured and paid out.

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    Doy. And no team is going to give a 27 year old running back anything guaranteed beyond 3 or 4 years max. Bell already left 14.5 million on the table that he will never, ever get back. Best case scenario is that he can sign a 2-3 year contract and hope to cash in again. But even then he won’t make as much as he would have with the Steelers.

  28. If a team is worried that this guy isn’t motivated enough to stay in shape then why are they even considering signing him? If he is out of shape it’ll probably be half the season before he is in shape. Of course if the Jets do sign him he’ll be pouting about not winning enough or not getting the ball enough and who knows what else. Then he’ll fake an injury and sit out the rest of the year. He’s a good player but he just has too many question marks in my opinion.

  29. Why would the Jets be concerned? If he’s overweight, then don’t sign him. If he gains wait AFTER they sign him, then they should be conerned.

  30. alexandroespinoza says:
    February 21, 2019 at 9:18 am
    Try the veal. Not so fast, Le’Veon!

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    I laughed waaay to loudly at this comment in my quiet office space.

  31. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    Bell may have “won” by not having to play for the Steelers again but he damaged his earning capacity between his conditioning and his attitude.

  32. Goodness knows how Gase will get on with Bell. He couldn’t get on with Ajayi Landry Suh. Plus half the locker room.

  33. If Bell has any brains, he’ll sign with the Colts. They are a playoff team, already have a good OLine, a superstar QB, and a serious need at RB. He would play in a dome 8 games a year and has a former QB in Reich calling the plays. The Jets are a clown show with no talent at WR or TE, so every defense will stack the box and smother Bell on every running play.

  34. Well i thought between sitting out a year, bad mouthing the Steelers, and playing hide and seek with the media he was also doing something constructive like working on strength and conditioning as an UFA he’s an independent contractor who does he think will hire him if he’s not NFL ready? Bell must think he doesn’t have to work for his next big contract

  35. If Bell doesn’t get the offers he imagines, watch him become collusion case part 2 because the NFL is clearly lowballing him to teach him a lesson (or some other delusion that ignores reality).

  36. Just watch him snap a knee ligament in his first game back after his “rest year” when he got out of shape.

    Instead of a lesson learned about irrational selfishness and dishonor, most idiots will say “See?! Good on him to holdout for his big contract.” Bell represents everything wrong with society today.

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