Jets give Le’Veon Bell a deadline

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The Jets want Le'Veon Bell. More importantly, they want Le’Veon Bell to make a decision.

Connor Hughes of TheAthletic.com reports that the Jets have given Bell a deadline to decide whether he wants to sign, and that they’re not going to wait forever.

Of course, even if Bell tells the Jets he’ll sign, Bell can ultimately refuse to sign the contract after the new league begins on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. And the Jets are keenly aware that this can happen, because it already has today, with linebacker Anthony Barr.

As recently mentioned, the Jets apparently are the only team actively pursuing Bell. Which gives the Jets the leverage needed to insist that Bell make a decision.

88 responses to “Jets give Le’Veon Bell a deadline

  1. This guy is a locker room wrecker who quits on his team and flames out in the big games. I hope he signs with the Jets or Ravens.

  2. >.As recently mentioned, the Jets apparently are the only team actively pursuing Bell. Which gives the Jets the leverage needed to insist that Bell make a decision.

    What leverage? Accept our ridiculously high overpayment or we’ll throw a tantrum?

    The Jets will spend all this money and marginally upgrade the team.

  3. At this point, sign Tevin Coleman and Matt Paradis, bring back Anderson, Myers and Roberts, and use the money saved to fill with young depth, see what works out and reload for next year.

  4. Nice move by the Jets.
    “We require that you make a binding decision during the time period when by the collective bargaining agreement no decision may be deemed binding”

  5. The Jets have been making all the right moves to make a run at the super bowl. Great young QB’s are blossoming in year two. The Jets are loading up on good players. I haven’t been a big Jets fan since the Namath-Maynard-Sauer-Snell days, but I can see the tide turning. Sam Darnold is awesome. Next year, free agents will be begging to go to the Jets.

  6. What the Jets probably mean by deadline is that Bell would have no line to run behind.

    Jets give Le’Veon Bell a deadline

  7. Vic Tafur
    ‏Verified account @VicTafur

    Wrote last night that #Raiders dipped their toes in Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes. Water still warm. Bell just followed Derek Carr on Twitter

  8. I thought the Jets were making good signings, but Bell is a waste of cap space and a headache too. Draft a running back.

  9. I bet the Ravens sign Ingram and draft a kid in the first 3 rounds. Too much money to tie upon one position when there are other needs.

  10. Last year, Bell turned down $70M ($14M/year) with $33M guaranteed. He said it wasn’t near enough for his skills. He wanted $17M/year with more guaranteed money. Now he wants to recoup the $14M he lost by sitting out. All that for a guy who is one drug test from sitting for a full year, gained 40 pounds, has an insane amount of wear and tear, and has already played longer than the average NFL RB. In other words, this has the Jets written all over it!

  11. robkeezy says: March 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    At this point, sign Tevin Coleman and Matt Paradis, bring back Anderson, Myers and Roberts, and use the money saved to fill with young depth, see what works out and reload for next year.
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    Wait, you want to use 5 roster spots for the place of one guy?

  12. Bell is just looking for a deal he can’t refuse with the Jets. Otherwise, he’ll go to plan Baltimore or Oakland.

  13. Looking at this from the NFL owners perspective, the other 31 would be wise to have an unspoken (and therefore non-collusive) agreement to NOT give Bell as much as the Steelers were offering. The last thing they need are more players making similar moves to force their way our of their respective contracts.

  14. If you have to give someone a deadline to take your money, which is more than everybody else money, why would you want that player on your team, especially considering that tweet he made about them a year ago. Hey, but this is the Jets we’re talking about.

  15. Rapsheet thinks it between Balt and the jets. Others have added Chicago and Oakland as darkhorses.

    While the #Jets made a best and final offer to Le’Veon Bell, the #Ravens are still in it, as well, I’m told. And Bell has indicated to some friends around the league how much he likes Baltimore. It seems like Ravens vs. Jets for Bell at the end.

  16. @Robert37

    The Fins? Look the Jets and Barr situation was a little embarrassing but they were about to give Barr a huge contract that doesn’t match his play. Osemele, Crowder, and CJ Mosley is a very good free agency especially when you consider their age and the fact that KO will be back in a power blocking scheme. I would still put the Jets over the Fins who just brought back DeVante Parker and yes they will be better than the AARP Bills.

    Now on this deadline with Bell? It’s a good move. The Jets can’t be used as leverage anymore so Bell is either in or out and while the Jets work on Paradis he can make his decision.

  17. Bell ” Damn why did you do that? You know I’m not good with authority type figures, I don’t think I’ll show up”

  18. PersonaNonGrata says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Looking at this from the NFL owners perspective, the other 31 would be wise to have an unspoken (and therefore non-collusive) agreement to NOT give Bell as much as the Steelers were offering. The last thing they need are more players making similar moves to force their way our of their respective contracts.

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    Teams just need to not allow one star player to throw another star player under the bus. If they cater to that player they get what they deserve. The teams need to communicate with their players.

  19. ricko1112 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    Last year, Bell turned down $70M ($14M/year) with $33M guaranteed. He said it wasn’t near enough for his skills. He wanted $17M/year with more guaranteed money.

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    Fake news. Only $10 million was fully guaranteed.

  20. johngaltwho says:
    March 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Nice move by the Jets.
    “We require that you make a binding decision during the time period when by the collective bargaining agreement no decision may be deemed binding”

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    Oh quit. the player went back to the team he played for last year. You and Florio!

  21. A shining example of why the NFL needs to revamp its policies to prevent player extortion.

    Furthermore, the NFL must ban any renegotiated contract that has more than one year left on it and that includes the pathetic extortion by teams to reduce cap hits by renegotiating contracts to correct their pathetic poor cap distribution.

    Also, the NFL must enforce a provision that if a player fails to sign a franchise tag offer, that he is immediately made ineligible to play that season by the franchise tag signing due date.

  22. I’m guessing they’re not giving Bell exactly what he wants and he’s hoping for more.

    I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

  23. I can’t wait to see the numbers for whatever contract he signs. Obviously whatever the Jets are offering he’s trying to get more out of someone else but I’d be surprised if there are any other bidders. That could mean he hasn’t had any offers he likes or it could be he’s hoping to drive any offers higher, regardless of whatever team he plays for. I suspect he’s not going to get as much money as he thought he would. I also predict he’ll become Demarco Murray 2.0 and will be out of the league in two years.

  24. LMFAO at all the Steelers fans whining and crying about AB and Bell leaving, and how they are “bums”, “overrated”, “cancers” etc.. You have six rings, no need to act so juvenile. Just come to the conclusion they don’t want to be a Steeler, your team bungled both situations, and move on.

  25. I hope they low ball him and signs a contract well below market value. That’ll teach these “me first” guys that sitting out an entire year will no tpay off. Cmon Jets. Stand strong!!!!!!

  26. How much did they offer him? Everyone is assuming a lot but perhaps the Jets made a strong but not over the top offer and thats why LB is hoping and looking for better. It might just be that the Jeets want him, are willing to pay within reason, but not screw themselves. In other words its possible they are being smart about it while LB wants someone to get all stupid and dump their wallet out on the table.

  27. Le’Veon’s agent: Take the deal!
    Le’Veon’s ego: But it has to be more than I turned down!

  28. kevo95 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    Le’Veon is a selfish kid ,he needs to grow up and stop playing games .
    Play football how in the hell are you torn
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    Think about it, he’s torn because he really doesn’t want to play for the Jets yet they are his highest bidder, it really is that simple.

  29. silvercrush33 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm
    Doesn’t seem like a wise choice, given what we know about Le’Veon and deadlines.
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    Maybe that’s the point

  30. steelcurtainn says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm
    Let’s see whose gonna be the dumb team. Drum rolls please!

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    That drum roll stoped drumming once the Steelers drafted him. lol, come on man, that was an easy one.

  31. Leveon is petty. Dude got offered 13 mil a year and said no thanks.
    Now he’s going to a Jets team that changes coaches like the Browns every few years.
    Just like I said about his pall Antonio, have fun going 5-11

  32. Leveon is petty. Dude got offered 13 mil a year and said no thanks.
    Now he’s going to a Jets team that changes coaches like the Browns every few years.
    Just like I said about his pall Antonio, have fun going 5-11 bruh.

  33. C.J. Mosley will sign a five-year, $85 million contract from the Jets. Why would anyone complain about missing out on Barr?

  34. lol…..dumb (bell) and dumber (his agent) sure overestimated the awful rapper’s worth….i hope he goes to the jets…he knows well about losing to the Pats, now he can lose to them twice a year !!!!!

    all these teams giving out crazy money to overrated players like Sheldon Richardson, collins, etc etc etc…meanwhile the Pats let stars go to awful teams- collect the comp picks and retool…and win again and again…… been going on for years but these teams never learn….you don’t win super bowls by spending the most in free agency

  35. Please J E T S , Jets,Jets,Jets! Don’t let Mr Bell play you. Dude is trying to play the AB game! I want to play, buttttt, only for this team or this team!
    Save your cash go after someone who really wants to be a Jet! There will be some young guns in the third and fourth round who can ball as a RB.

  36. hlna55 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    20 bucks he’s on the injury report before the 3rd game of the season
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    $20 bucks? That’s all you are willing to risk on your brilliant prediction? You certainly aren’t too sure of yourself, are you?

  37. “you don’t win super bowls by spending the most in free agency”

    Especially not on a running back – easily one of the most replaceable positions on the field.

  38. So, was Leveon the problem in the Pitt locker room? Or is the Pitt locker room with Ben and Tomlin the problem? Maybe Bell was smarter than you all think.

  39. When he decided to spurn his offer from the Steelers, I felt fairly certain he would never make up the money he would have made had he signed and played. Now only one team is pursuing him? Wow.

  40. Indy just sitting on a fat stack of cap. Big money Free agents are getting pulled away like crazy. Indy said they wouldn’t be in on Bell.

    What do you want to bet Indy is all of a sudden in on Bell again?

    Jets are the only option, doubtful Bell wants to go to the Jets or he would have already agreed. Indy is just letting him run out of leverage… which is all he really wants.

    I would prefer Indy punts RB and drafts one to go with Mack. FA in the NFL is anticlimactic. It would be a lot more fun to know deals are signed than hear rumors only to have players flake out.

  41. The notion that anybody in the NFL should be a team player is silly and frivolous. This isn’t peewee football, it’s a job. The idea in corporate America is to make as much money as you can for as long as possible. The same rule applies in the business of sports.

  42. Robert37 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    Adding Bell would help the Jets compete with the Patriots and Fins and possible playoff birth.

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    Go back and look at Bell’s stats against the Pats in the AFCCG. He didn’t exactly “compete”. In fact he took himself out of the biggest game of his life after getting popped a few times.

  43. youngnoize says:
    March 12, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    The notion that anybody in the NFL should be a team player is silly and frivolous.

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    Is it, though? Being a team player is an important part of the narrative of the product that consumers are consuming. To disregard that is to weaken the product that’s being sold, which undermines the business model of your business.

    That’s not to say that players should play for nothing and willingly sacrifice themselves, but there’s a huge gulf between that and asking for so much in such uncooperative terms that it weakens the team and thus the product.

    What Bell is doing is unsustainable and good only for short-term gain. Ultimately it turns away consumers of the product, which seems irrelevant now when everyone’s swimming in cash but erodes the foundation of the public caring about the league.

  44. So the Jets are competing against no one. Bell has the choice between taking their offer or sitting out another season, hoping someone picks him up at some point during the season to avoid a career-ending degree of rust developing on his reputation.

    If I’m the Jets, I offer him less than what Pittsburgh did, and if he’s not excited about it, I forget about him.

    What they’d need to give him to satisfy his ego is far more than what the position is worth, especially on a rebuilding Jets team that isn’t winning anything now.

    Jets should be patiently laying a foundation for 2-3 years from now. Signing Bell is how bad teams stay bad.

  45. Bell will sign with the Chiefs. I actually have no evidence but if he does I’ll look like a freaking Einstein!

  46. When he was a Steeler everyone hated on them for not “paying the man”… Now everyone is afraid their team will “pay the man”.

    Awesome entertainment LMAO

  47. So Crates says:
    March 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    Indy just sitting on a fat stack of cap. Big money Free agents are getting pulled away like crazy. Indy said they wouldn’t be in on Bell.

    What do you want to bet Indy is all of a sudden in on Bell again?

    Jets are the only option, doubtful Bell wants to go to the Jets or he would have already agreed. Indy is just letting him run out of leverage… which is all he really wants.

    I would prefer Indy punts RB and drafts one to go with Mack. FA in the NFL is anticlimactic. It would be a lot more fun to know deals are signed than hear rumors only to have players flake out.

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    Indy is actually in pretty good shape at rb at a reasonable price too. They have plenty of cap space and are starting to have a finite number of holes they still need to plug elsewhere on the team. Its within reach for them to become one of the upper contenders if they play this right. Becoming a fully balanced and tough team accross the board is going to do much more for them than the single bright and shiney object.

  48. In an era of Free agency when players are on a production based pay schedule they took the “team” out of it, it’s just 53 individuals on a squad now days and with all the “ME, ME, ME” players now it’s only going to get worse!!!

    Just wait until the kids born in 2000 and after start hitting the league and they get past their rookie contract, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

  49. Jets give Le’Veon Bell a deadline

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    Deadlines are “set” not given!

  50. Cant wait to see how it works out if Bell goes to the Jets. Gase ran out of patience quickly with Landry, Suh, Ajayi and a few others.
    The Dolphins were terrible under his coaching. Wait for Tannerhill to follow shortly as a back up to Darnold and how that works out. Indy doesn’t want Bell so he’s running out of teams.I guess his behavior is boring now, its gone on for too long.

  51. Since no one is offering ungodly money why not come to the PATS, win a championship, then leave for the big contract? Michel and Bell…it’s almost like a Beattles song.

  52. annes22 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Cant wait to see how it works out if Bell goes to the Jets. Gase ran out of patience quickly with Landry, Suh, Ajayi and a few others.

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    Ran out of patience with Ajayi? Just how many 100yd game out of a RB a lot more than just once in a while! The Eagles are going to send him packing this year too, and for the same reason as Miami he’s way too inconsistent and he usually has those good games against bad teams when they don’t really need them anyhow! Reminds me of Henry this past season, ONLY 2 games with >100yd rushing and everyone is making a big deal out of it without seeing the 14 games where he put up less than 100yds and in 12 games he had less than 60yds rushing, while to me it is those weak games that stick out like a sore thumb! Henry’s two games of >100yds last season were an anomaly just as Ajayi’s 3 games >200yds were in 2016.

  53. Her really should consider sitting out another season until he gets the situation he wants. He needs to show the owners that you can’t have Le’Veon Bell unless you give Le’Veon Bell what he wants.

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