Report: Jets open to trading Le’Veon Bell

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The Jets just signed running back Le'Veon Bell to a lucrative contract seven months ago, but that was also one General Manager ago. And so Bell could be shopped at the trade deadline.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Jets G.M. Joe Douglas, who got the job after former G.M. Mike Maccagnan was fired in May, is open to trading Bell.

That’s not a big surprise, as plenty of people thought the Jets overpaid for Bell in March — and one of those people may have been head coach Adam Gase, who didn’t see eye to eye with Maccagnan on a lot of issues.

Mehta names the Texans, Chiefs, Bills and Eagles as teams that would like to have Bell.

Bell is having his worst season statistically, with an average of 3.2 yards per carry and 5.8 yards per catch. Given that, the Jets may be glad just to get someone to take his contract off their hands.

94 responses to “Report: Jets open to trading Le’Veon Bell

  1. like i said previously many times. typical jets off season splash turned ultimate salary cap disaster. jets owners dont care about winning. and the fans buy the hype (and season tickets) every year.

  2. How is it that the average fan is smarter than the GMs about this? Overpay for a RB who was behind a great OL and played with a great QB. 90% of fans saw this train wreck coming.

  3. Unreal that you would publish this article when the one person who wrote it is known to sabotage the jets even tho he covers the team. Manish is the biggest fraud their is who only looks to have his name in the lights. It’s such a joke and shame on you

  4. So, the Jets are offering an aging RB who’s having his worst statistical year of his career along with a high salary and are hoping for what exactly?

    I’m fairly sure this isn’t going to end well for the Jets.

  5. i don’t understand how RB’s can demand so much money nowadays. 80’s and 90’s where they were featured and if you didn’t have one you weren’t going to get a Super Bowl, sure (Emmett Smith, Thurman Thomas for example). But for the past 15-20 years running back by committee with pass catching backs seem to be the norm.

    Teams have had to morph to the new style.

  6. He is the only jet writer who is saying this also don’t believe a thing you see with Manish the guy is a fraud.

  7. “Bell is having his worst season statistically, with an average of 3.2 yards per carry and 5.8 yards per catch.”

    How’s that patient Running Style outside of Pittsburgh working out? lolololol

  8. How much salary are the Jets willing to eat? Also, remember when the holdout was the only topic on PFT for months, some people questioned Bell’s value outside the Steeler’s system and OL. Then there’s the one-year layoff – how much did that degrade his skills? And now he’s got the money, maybe going hard for that extra yard isn’t worth it anymore.

  9. Buyer’s remorse. There was only one team stupid enough to make that deal, the Jets would be in the same position without Bell. He’s made zero impact.

  10. I’m all for players–especially RBs who could see their career end at any second–getting what they can. But there is a line between shrewdly using leverage and being dumb and greedy. Bell was dumb and greedy. And he’s gone from one of the top players in football to an expendable after thought as a result.

  11. The Jets season is over. It wouldn’t have been if they hung on to Teddy Bridgewater. Instead they traded away the best QB they have had in years and drafted Mark Sanchez 2.0. SMH.

  12. Well, that didn’t take long, although he lasted a lot longer than AB…… KILLER B’s INDEED!!!!
    TEAM KILLERS!!!

  13. He must feel so stupid for holding out. Missed out on a years salary then
    got basically the same money to play for a terrible Jets team. He’s praying he gets traded to a contender.

  14. 3-1/2 hours until the deadline. Will NEVER happen…. Nobody is taking on that contract…. Nice to dream though…..

  15. Bottom line, Bell must have wanted out of Pitt….he didn’t get hurt before signing his guarantees…he made his choice, and also made his money. Yeah, he missed a season and 14 mil, but had he tore up his knee, he wouldn’t have gotten the 30 mil.

  16. It would appear that the Steelers were right about Bell and Brown. And pretty much every fan too. I guess the only ones not in the loop were the Jets, Raiders & Patriots.

  17. Gase is clueless with how he is using Bell and is devaluing the running back by inserting Bilal Powell into the lineup early on in recent games. Good luck finding a trading partner now.

  18. Buyer’s remorse already? I’m surprised it took them this long to realize what a huge mistake they made by giving him a truckload of money. With the RB situation in Pittsburgh I would be tempted to say he could go back there but I think he burned his bridges and they wouldn’t want him back for free.

    Speaking of money, any team that trades for him would presumably be on the hook for the remainder of this year’s salary (only $2M–very reasonable) along with the per game roster bonus which is $250k for the rest of the year. That would make him a very lucrative rental player. HOWEVER, his salary next year is guaranteed–$13M. If, and it’s a big if, a team thinks he’s worth that $13M they might pull the trigger and take him off the Jets’ hands. The Jets will then have spent ~$13M for a player for half a season. They would also take a $6M cap hit for the remaining pro-rated portion of his signing bonus. After 2020 he could be cut and the Jets would only take a $4M cap hit but save almost $10M. If he gets traded that number goes to zero because the Jets would take the cap hit.

    So let me get this straight….Bell held out last year so he could sign a big contract, a contract that will essentially only get him ~$27M. Remind me again why he held out and threw away another $13M? He will not get another contract anywhere near to this one. I’d say his holdout backfired.

  19. Funny thing is that I said in the off season that the Bell signing made no sense because Gase does not like using his RB. Jets fans jumped all over me for it.

  20. Of course they’re open to trading Bell. Anyone doubting the veracity of that report must be crazy because anyone would want to get out from under that contract when there’s no production. The problem is no one is going to take that contract off their hands. When he isn’t traded, don’t say that the report wasn’t true.

  21. “1billsnation says:
    October 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    Is there a bigger dumpster fire in the NFL right now than the NY J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets? LOL!!!”

    Ahem… NJ J-E-T-S

  22. Steelers more and more were smarter than the experts believed. Bell avg is what 2.3 and Brown showed what he was made of with two teams after the Steelers and he is sitting and pouting at home.

  23. “like i said previously many times. typical jets off season splash turned ultimate salary cap disaster. jets owners dont care about winning. and the fans buy the hype (and season tickets) every year.”
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    Capitalization exists. Learn how to use it.

  24. Bell is statistically not having a good year but he is running behind one of the worst O-lines in the NFL, with a coach that doesn’t know how to use a stud RB. So I don’t think his performance thus far this season is an indication of how he would preform behind just an average O-line.

    As for his trade value, well the Jets have to live with the manner in which Gase has used Bell, thereby devaluing him . . . just like he did in Miami with Jay Ajayi prior to his knee injury. I think the Jets would be looking at a situation like the Osweiler trade between the Texans and the Browns. The Texans gave up a 2017 6th rounder and a 2018 2nd rounder along with Osweiler, in exchange for the Browns 2017 4th round compensatory pick. Essentially the Jets would have to give up a pick or two to entice another team to eat the salary cap of Bell. I could see maybe the Colts or Texans being willing to do that and try to salvage some value out of Bell plus get the pick(s) from the Jets. But if New York thinks they are getting the better end of a deal involving Bell they are dead wrong.

  25. not sure why a team that has as many holes as the jets, figured it was wise to over spend millions on a RB…how many free agent RB’s bring you a division title, let alone a SB?…oh btw can’t help but notice that MR Bell without the the help of the steelers oline is averaging 3.2 yards per carry, just like most of us here thought he would… lmaooooo

  26. rogoceo says:
    October 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    Steelers on line one. LoL
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    They do not want him but they will take the opportunity to giggle hysterically when the phone is answered.

  27. “Funny thing is that I said in the off season that the Bell signing made no sense because Gase does not like using his RB. Jets fans jumped all over me for it.”
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    No one cares about what you said in the offseason. No one cares about Jets fans criticizing you.

  28. 1billsnation says:
    October 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    Is there a bigger dumpster fire in the NFL right now than the NY J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets? LOL!!!

    ——-

    Have you seen my Dolphins?

  29. As a Steeler fan, I’ve got nothing against Bell personally. Comparing him to Brown is crazy. Yes, he refused to play under the franchise tag because wanted a big long-term contract. That’s business. If teams can have exclusive rights, players can hold out.
    If he told teammates he was going to come back and then didn’t, that’s between him and the other players.
    Bottom line: he’s not going to help the Jets, but he could definitely help a team that has other pieces in place.
    I wish him the best of luck.

  30. I predicted that Bell wouldn’t be a good signing, but to be fair, he’s been amazing for them. He’s been the *only* thing on their offense and he’s had to fight every play for it to not be a negative yardage play.

    Of course, that kind backs up the point that whomever the best RB in the league is, isn’t worth the contract.

  31. Ya kind of a no brainer. Paid a huge premium for a guy who sat out the year claiming to be the next great back, he flops and you want to unload him and his contract. Ya a lot of teams will be jumping in the mix for this one.
    Hopefully with Bell and the back from San Diego both sitting out then coming back and doing belly flops, the GM’s have seen enough and no to say no thanks.

  32. Maybe if they want to buy a draft pick by paying most of his salary. Nobody is taking on that contract let alone giving up draft capital to do it.

  33. tb12bestqbevah says:
    October 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    And they’re just making this known today? 4 hours before the trade deadline?? Now THAT’S such a Jets move.

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    reason for this is less time for teams to think about trading for him and that means some team may make a trade for him and regret it a day or two latter when they have a chance to let it sink in..

  34. Reading these comments proves exactly that the average “fan” doesn’t understand football, nor really watches it. Bell isn’t anything close to buyer’s remorse for the Jets as he’s their only source of offense.

  35. Stupid Jets! Now they are stuck with him and that ridiculous contract. $13 million guaranteed next season! Wow!

  36. do it, Redskins. You’re the only team as (if not more) screwed up as the Jets. Desperately need a RB.

  37. orivar says:
    October 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    Reading these comments proves exactly that the average “fan” doesn’t understand football, nor really watches it. Bell isn’t anything close to buyer’s remorse for the Jets as he’s their only source of offense.
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    Yep, 349 yards rushing on a 3.2 ypc with 1 TD and 187 yards receiving on 32 catches for a 5.8 average. I think it doesn’t take a genius to see that he is a BUST and if I am the Jets, I am certainly having buyers remorse..

  38. Being a Steeler fan I can’t help but laugh. Bell is playing lousy and AB is out of football! Greedy boys screwed up!

  39. Gase is trying to use LB as the scapegoat for his own incompetence. Gase couldn’t do the job in Miami and he can’t coach in New York.

  40. mikethevike11 says:
    October 29, 2019 at 12:29 pm
    He must feel so stupid for holding out. Missed out on a years salary then
    got basically the same money to play for a terrible Jets team. He’s praying he gets traded to a contender

    _______________________________

    Let him join Talib in Miami. He quit on his original team. He deserves to play for a loser.

  41. Hahahaha. Liv’n the big dolla free agent dream.

    He and Mike Wallace be hanging soon.

    Or better yet. The Jets est half his contract and trade him to the Steelers since Connor and Samuels are hurt 🤣🤣🤣

  42. Patriots need to get in on this. Sony for LeVeon straight up. Take the $2.25m 2020 rental and figure out your options for next year. $13m for someone as dynamic as Bell isn’t overspending. He would smash in that Pats offense especially using White as a tandem pass-catching back and Rex on short downs. The Pats have enough in Edelman, Sanu & Dorsett to keep the defense honeset and the RPO becomes a serious option.

    Bell in the flat catching swings…come…on. Get this done.

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