Le’Veon Bell not at Jets voluntary minicamp

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Running back Le'Veon Bell never reported to the Steelers after being given the franchise tag last season and sat out the year before signing with the Jets as a free agent last month.

Getting the long-term deal he was looking for while still in Pittsburgh hasn’t led him to perfect attendance at offseason work this time around. The Jets started a three-day minicamp on Tuesday morning and multiple reporters on hand sent word that Bell was not on the field with the rest of the team.

Attendance at the minicamp is voluntary, so there’s no requirement that Bell be with the team right now. There’s also no word about whether he’ll be missing the entire week of work or if Tuesday’s absence is a one-day thing.

Head coach Adam Gase and General Manager Mike Maccagnan are both scheduled to speak to reporters later in the day and they may shed light on that question during their time with the media.

120 responses to “Le’Veon Bell not at Jets voluntary minicamp

  1. He’s too fat. Was eating Cheetos and playing Madden for a year. Great investment there guys. You’re more desperate to sell tickets and Jerseys than to actually win… Cleary

  2. Dysfunctional team meets dysfunctional player. Oh, right, you can’t meet a guy who isn’t there.

  3. Don’t worry Jets fans, soon he’ll be sulking on the sideline and disrupting the locker room as bonuses for the huge contract he just got.

  4. Too busy not being a professional football player. Too busy playing video games, smoking dro, and making bad rap tapes.

  5. “Attendance at the minicamp is voluntary”

    I’m sure there were other players who weren’t there. While I also dislike Bell, I think he is unjustly being singled out.

  6. Most teams & fans want their veterans at these “voluntary” workouts. However, these workouts don’t play-calling on on-field work, so a well established veteran missing them, is not real big deal.

    In Bell’s case, it does look bad after all his well established past BS.

  7. He wasn’t part of their Jersey unveiling either. Not exactly what you’d hope for from a guy you made the 2nd highest paid RB in NFL history…

    Doesn’t really seem like he’s all in to me.

    If Bell has a lot of the same issues he had in Pittsburgh, what type of message does that send to the team about what type of players Maccagnan is willing to pay?

  8. Not like nobody warned the Jets this would happen. However, separate topic: Tom Coughlin says he wishes every player went to voluntary camp and PFT totally vilifies him for it. But when it suits their purposes they turn around and make a big deal about players skipping camp.

  9. Nothing says dedication like signing a multi-million dollar contract and skipping the first day of work….

  10. Yes its Voluntary ,but wouldnt you wanna start off with a good impression with your new team.Hey guys Im here to work,lets knock off the Patriots.But nope

  11. VOLUNTARY!!!! Unless it was stipulated in his contract that his money was contingent on him showing up to voluntary camps this is non issue….good for him, hopefully he is working out on his own getting his family situated in a new city and tying up lose ends before thinks become mandatory…..

  12. Any team dumb enough to sign someone like Bell deserves every headache they get. Now the next thing will be Bell getting suspended for something.

  13. Bell would have made around 13.5m per year (minus pa state taxes) if he accepted the Steelers final contract offer. He now makes around 11.9m per year (minus ny state taxes). Now factor in the difference between pa/ny cost of living, commute time, housing, etc. He went to ny to rap not play ball. Unfortunately his rap game is trash.

  14. Why do teams sign these “head cases?” He may well do the minimum both at practice and in games to get his money. He can fake injury.

  15. carloswlassiter says:
    April 23, 2019 at 10:45 am
    V-o-l-u-n-t-a-r-y.
    _________________
    This bum sat out an entire year.
    He should have been the first one there.

  16. Why would anyone expect any different! Different team ,same player. Mr Me is probably at a Fat Camp trying to get down NEAR his playing weight. This should have been taken care of UP FRONT by the GM. This is why the Jets will continue to draft near the top. I feel for Sam Darnold!

  17. The stupidity is amazing…and I’m not talking about Bell missing voluntary camp. Truly a nothing story.

  18. HaHa! You would think he would want to make a good impression, and get to know some of the guys on his new team. I could understand the it’s “voluntary” crowd had he been with the team for a year or so. I’ll be blunt, I think there is big reason he’s staying away. Especially, after his video game post a while back. LOL (Said with no judgement on those who partake.)

  19. I understand the people that want to cry: “Voluntary workouts” but he has been out of the league for one full year. Hes on a new team with new players with a new head coach and new money. Either retire or show up. Bills fan here, laughing at the Jets but also feeling bad. Its a tough conundrum.

  20. You’d think he would want to be there to meet new teammates, the staff and set a good example. People are going to say these are voluntary, but when you’ve been out of the league for a year it suggests you really don’t have that much passion to help lead a franchise forward.

  21. LOL such responsible reporting. The article writer has no clue whether Bell has a valid reason for not being at a “VOLUNTARY” camp. Could he already have cleared it with the organization and coaches? Well lets report this story and get some clicks…..lol

  22. SMDH

    Alameda Ta’amu – Pittsburgh Steeler – accomplished most of your highlights below, in one fell swoop.

    Difference is the Pats cut “that guy” immediately. Ta’Amu got a two week suspension.

    Every team has these morons. It’s how they’re handled that counts. You do yourself, and this comment section a disservice stooping to this ridiculous reasoning.

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    Vasteelerfan says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:09 am
    Wow. Cannot be made up. It just can’t.

    Well at least he isn’t running people over or shooting someone or god forbid cheating like the Pats….

  23. It is not news since it is voluntary. It is only an issue if he doesn’t show up for anything that is mandatory unless it is Jacksonville. Jacksonville (and any other teams that says anything about a player not showing up for voluntary workouts) needs to be fined several picks for Coughlin’s remarks. If the GM and coach want players to show up for off-season voluntary workouts then put it in the contract as a bonus, until then is is only click bait or the opportunity to read how bad or education system is with few understanding the definition of voluntary.

  24. Vasteelerfan says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:09 am
    Wow. Cannot be made up. It just can’t.

    Well at least he isn’t running people over or shooting someone or god forbid cheating like the Pats….

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    It’s kind of interesting that you seem to imply that cheating in a game is somehow more egregious than shooting people or running them over.

  25. The NFLPA have to establish something different than the current voluntary workout structure. It doesn’t work for players. They are made to look bad if they skip despite having no obligation to be there.

  26. This guy will be on injured reserve by week 8. I get that these are voluntary, but this is a guy who hasn’t played in over a year, it’s not like he needs the time to recover.

  27. Proud Steeler fan here! Can some of you eat crow about the Steelers front office. This guy is embodies what bane said to Batman.

    “Victory has defeated you.”

    I hope he gets his stuff together thou, because as a fan of football, le’veon can be a beast and fun to watch, and that’s what it is all about. Maybe I’m selfish, but I’d still watch him ball out in a jets jersey cause I do enjoy his running style. Get your head out your butt.

    -fan of football

  28. He hates football. Why would anyone expect him to show up for a voluntary football practice? People wonder why one team keeps winning super bowls and the other 31 seem like they’re on a separate planet. A lot of the other teams are just run by folks who don’t know anything about football. Belichick will probably coach until he’s 80, unless he starts getting some real competition. It doesn’t look like that’s happening, at least not in New York.

  29. You’d expect a guy who’s new to the team AND sat out the entire year would want to attend voluntary camp. I don’t care if it’s voluntary. You bet I would attend voluntary anything to show my new employer and team I’m dedicated to winning.

  30. “Attendance at the minicamp is voluntary”

    I’m sure there were other players who weren’t there. While I also dislike Bell, I think he is unjustly being singled out.

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    A similar article just came out citing that OBJ didn’t show up either. That thread isn’t getting hit nearly as hard as this one. And even the article itself makes it appear that it’s nothing out of the ordinary for OBJ not to show up.

    People like to comment on what pleases the tune they are already singing.

  31. I tend to agree with he’s new he should be there, but we are biting on this media creation of an event. Meaning; it’s not news who is or isn’t at voluntary events. The teams don’t tweet it out; the media creates it! It’s not “news” if the teams aren’t talking about it on their own volition!

  32. Well he should be in “excellent shape” so no need to come in and get acclimated to a new team and offense and shed some LBs in the process. It’s all good.

  33. when stuff happens over and over you gotta just accept the fact that this is just the beginning

  34. “Attendance at the minicamp is voluntary”

    “I’m sure there were other players who weren’t there. While I also dislike Bell, I think he is unjustly being singled out.”

    Sure it is voluntary and everyone knows it. There are players who are not there but most did not just sit out a whole season being an a$$. This is also a team he just signed with and needs to get acclimated with. On a new team anyone who cared would have shown up just to get acclimated with his new team and to show he is a team player. Maybe change the opinions of him. SO he is not being singled out… He is just being pointed out because of his OWN history and the way he has done things in the past. It is not a one time thing and points to his lack of being a team mate and caring about anything other than hes self and his wallet.

  35. NBC was one of the first one to report that Coughlin said “players should be at voluntary workouts” and now they’re one of the first to report every player that wasn’t at these voluntary workouts = OH THE IRONY!

  36. Waiting for the smoke to clear (I realize testing happens whether he is there or not, LOL)

  37. You only get one shot at a good first impression? We all can’t wait for your new teammates to weigh in on this.

  38. mogogo1 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 10:54 am
    Not like nobody warned the Jets this would happen. However, separate topic: Tom Coughlin says he wishes every player went to voluntary camp and PFT totally vilifies him for it. But when it suits their purposes they turn around and make a big deal about players skipping camp.
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    From Article:
    “Attendance at the minicamp is voluntary, so there’s no requirement that Bell be with the team right now. There’s also no word about whether he’ll be missing the entire week of work or if Tuesday’s absence is a one-day thing.”

    Consistency and reading comprehension are key. Coughlin didn’t say he ‘wished’ everybody attended, he said “quite frankly all of our players should be here,”

  39. Everyone cheats like the Pats. Just pick a violation and pretend a team did that. When it goes to appeals court they will tell you you are the boss and have the right to pretend.

  40. He’s probably been doing the Ricky Williams “thing.” Don’t be surprised if he fails another drug test and never plays again. He’s just like Bryant. Never will learn.

  41. “vikings28 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    Not surprised. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a down year. Seems like he’s got other interests instead of football.”

    The last season he played in was a down year. Then he took a season off to hold out for a big contract. Now that he has it he’s post instagram pictures with blunts in them. If anyone thinks this story has a happy ending for Bell, I’ve got some bad news for ya.

  42. For the comments defending him saying it’s “voluntary”. You are correct, but it’s also about team building, showing dedication to the fans, franchise and his teammates, showing appreciation for the fact he gets to play a sport for a living and just being a professional. That is why he should be there regardless if it is voluntary. In Bell’s defense though the Jets should have seen this coming.

  43. Hasn’t showed up for work in a year, why expect him now? Dude wants the money, but apparently has NO interest whatsoever in actually playing. Foolish to invest in a man who hates his work, this will be a total fail.

  44. A tiger doesn’t change it’s stripes. It’s like being in a new relationship with a girl who cheated on her last boyfriend to be with you. Sooner or later, you will be cheated on as she gets more and more demanding.

  45. Its voluntary but it would be a good first impression. Most players that skip are vets who didnt sit out the year before and just using it to rest a little before the season starts. I think Leveon has had enough rest.

  46. The Jets deserve what they get by signing this jerk. Jets = perpetually picking third every year!

  47. Jets haven’t seen him yet. Contracts negotiations were just with agent, he signed at agents office. Jets are going to faint when he shows up looking like Damon Wayons in “Great White Hype” all bloated and out of shape. Showing up with a bag of Taco Bell in one hand and a KFC bucket in the other

  48. seabrawk12 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:47 am
    “Attendance at the minicamp is voluntary”

    I’m sure there were other players who weren’t there. While I also dislike Bell, I think he is unjustly being singled out.

    _________________________________________

    A similar article just came out citing that OBJ didn’t show up either. That thread isn’t getting hit nearly as hard as this one. And even the article itself makes it appear that it’s nothing out of the ordinary for OBJ not to show up.

    People like to comment on what pleases the tune they are already singing.

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    Don’t worry. It’ll catch up. Comments are just awaiting moderator approval because the OBJ article came out second.

  49. What a fool. Been out of football for an entire season to sign with a new team with a new coach. You would think he would at least show up to learn some terminology and start bonding with his new teammates.

  50. cantescapekarma says:
    April 23, 2019 at 10:53 am

    He wasn’t part of their Jersey unveiling either. Not exactly what you’d hope for from a guy you made the 2nd highest paid RB in NFL history…

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    That’s why he’s not there, he’s pouting that he is only the 2nd highest paid RB in NFL history.

  51. Maybe the Jets put a clause in his contract that if he gets hurt before Week 1 of the season and can’t play then they don’t have to pay him.

  52. I’m a Steelers fan and I personally have no problem with Bell. He exercised his right under the CBA not to sign the tag. He bet on himself and lost…big time. For you haters who think Pittsburgh is cheap, their offer was better overall, even if the guaranteed money wasn’t what he wanted. At least he didn’t trash the entire organization on his way out. Again, he’s exercising his right under the CBA not to attend the “voluntary” workouts. That being said, he probably should have elected to attend since he’s on a new team. Team building starts in the spring and if he intends to be successful with the Jets, he needs to show that he’s all-in NOW.

  53. The Jets haven’t seen the playoffs since 2010. In my mind, they need every player and every practice they can get to improve on their 4-12 finish. But maybe Le’Veon’s way is truly a better way. We shall soon see.

  54. But Bell is still in great hold out shape. Having said that I still hope he has a great year for the Jets.

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