Le’Veon Bell: Packers, Texans, Chiefs, Steelers were “in the mix” for possible trade

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Yes, the Jets talked to several teams about a potential trade for running back Le'Veon Bell. And Bell has publicly disclosed the teams that were talking to New York about a deadline deal.

“There was a lot of trade speculations and rumors about, you know, me getting traded obviously from the Jets to other, multiple teams,” Bell said on Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora. “And they were actually true. There were times where — I found out from my agent, you know, he had talked to the Jets and things like that. But there were teams like Houston, the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and surprisingly the Steelers, were all in the mix of trying to trade for me.”

A trade didn’t happen because, as Bell explained it, “the Jets were really asking for a high price and a lot for me.” He also said that teams were reluctant to take on his contract, and that “I obviously was not trying to take a pay cut simply for that fact that I sat out a full year of football to get what I felt like I earned and deserved.”

Unlike teammate Jamal Adams, Bell accepted an offer from Jets G.M. Joe Douglas to talk about the situation.

“[H]e took his time out to call me,” Bell said of Douglas. “He kind of told me that they weren’t really shopping me in a sense but teams kind of inquired about me before the trade deadline. And, you know, he was honest with me, he said he was open to it. But like I said earlier, teams were really asking for a lot and he wasn’t really trying to give me up for something he didn’t feel like would help the New York Jets in the future. And he obviously feels like I’m a player who can help turn this team around.”

If any player understands the business realities of pro football, it’s Bell. After sitting out all of 2018, he now has a contract that pays out $27 million guaranteed over two years for a position that has been systematically devalued. He’s getting that money as long as he shows up and plays football.

For the rest of this year, he’ll be playing football for the Jets. It will be interesting to see whether someone tries to trade for Bell in the offseason — and whether the Jets will take advantage of the opportunity to avoid $13.5 million in cash and cap space.

40 responses to “Le’Veon Bell: Packers, Texans, Chiefs, Steelers were “in the mix” for possible trade

  1. He currently ranks 45th in the NFL in yards per rush. Not a typo. What team would offer more than a conditional 7th round pick in 2021 for him?

  2. Le’Veon Bell in the Same backfield as Aaron Jones with Davante Adams coming back and A-Rod distributing the ball. Now that would have been just plain spooky.

  3. What team is willing to pay that fat contract? I could understand if the Jets were willing to pay part of it, then Bell might be worth as much as a 6th round conditional offer but even that is rich.

    Let Bell sit in NY for the next few years, he held out for the contract, he’s got it, let him play on a bottom 5 team for the next two years.

  4. Talks ?
    Like your agent calling the packers and the Steelers and asking?

    Hard to believe the packers or the Steelers would have any interest.
    I’m wondering if Bell is strategizing an exit out of NY.

  5. I find it hard to believe the Steelers or Packers would be trying to trade for Bell. I think he made it up, or the team made it up to make it seem like there was somebody who wants him.

  6. The fact he threw in the Steelers as the final team that had some interest leaves his entire statement suspect.
    I don’t doubt that the Packers had talks with a variety of teams over the last couple of weeks, and I’m sure the Jets were one of those, but WR, TE, and ILB were of much greater need.

  7. Why would the Steelers want to trade for him only to pay that salary again. And they could’ve just done it originally makes zero sense

  8. When you say he “sat out a year” what you actually meant to say was he quit on his teammates. Much more accurate description.
    There’s a reason why no one wanted him this year.

  9. The Steelers would have made sense. We could have offered the Raiders 5th round pick and cut a million a year off of the salary that the Jets offered. That would have yielded us Bell on a contract at 3 million less than what we originally offered him. Not a bad move when you consider that the Steelers are down to their practice squad RB

  10. Chiefs are about to pay their 2 most important players in Mahomes and Jones. Jones, a top 5 DT in the league, and Mahomes who is about to get the biggest NFL contract ever.

    I doubt a top 5 RB is on their need list. Want-list sure, but you can’t have Kelce, Hill, Watkins (probably gone next year) Jones and Mahomes and be under the cap.

    But as Matt Moore is showing, everyone can succeed with KC’s offense.

  11. I find it had to believe that teams were lining up to trade for an overpaid, underperforming running back that they could have signed themselves a year ago.

    It’s more likely the Jets we’re trying to find someone to dump him on and couldn’t find a taker.

  12. Bell: “Teams like Houston, the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and surprisingly the Steelers, were all in the mix of trying to trade for me.”

    Me: “No, they didn’t.”

    Bell: “No, no they didn’t… but you can imagine what it’d be like if they did..”

  13. If your team’s GM didn’t inquire about Bell, he should be fired. Every team should have asked the Jets asking price. That’s due diligence as a functional GM.

  14. October 31, 2019 at 6:12 pm
    Le’Veon Bell in the Same backfield as Aaron Jones with Davante Adams coming back and A-Rod distributing the ball. Now that would have been just plain spooky.

    Ya, scaring for a new head coach and Rodgers to have to deal with Bell.

  15. “But like I said earlier, teams were really asking for a lot and he wasn’t really trying to give me up for something he didn’t feel like would help the New York Jets in the future.”
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    I’m sure teams were asking alot. Probably saying things like “I guess we could take him off your hands if you’ll pay his salary this year and $10 million of his salary next year.”

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    “Packers trying to trade fro Le’Veon Bell. Hoot!”

    Hoot indeed,why would they need or want an overpaid, over the hill running back when they have one of the best running back tandems in the game? and why would the Steelers be inquiring about Bell,that bridge has burned to the ground.sounds like fake news to me.

  17. It seems really odd to me that the GM would be fully transparent with Le’Veon Bell about trade discussions (even sharing details on specific teams) but keep Jamal Adams totally in the dark.

    Also, not a Bell fan by any means but I found his comments pretty refreshing in a time when a lot of players seem to feel slighted about everything.

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