Jets G.M. Joe Douglas: We value Le’Veon Bell

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Jets General Manager Joe Douglas said last week he would listen if teams call about Le'Veon Bell. But it sounded Monday like Douglas expects Bell back with the Jets in 2020.

In an appearance on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN, Douglas called the running back a “very good player.”

“We value Le’Veon,” Douglas said. “We value the competitor. We value the teammate. We’re excited [for him] being in our program another year, going through our offseason again.”

Douglas was not the General Manager when Bell signed a $52.5 million contract in free agency last March, including $27 million guaranteed. But Bell is due a fully guaranteed $13.5 million in 2020, which would make trading him difficult.

Cutting him isn’t an option because of the massive dead-cap hits.

So, with Bell likely back, the Jets will have to find a way to better utilize this talent after he rushed for only 789 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

12 responses to “Jets G.M. Joe Douglas: We value Le’Veon Bell

  1. Now that the season is over, and teams are concentrating on re-stocking their shelves through the draft, trades, free agency, etc., there’s going to a lot of lips moving, and not all of it is going to be the truth. You don’t show your hand at the poker table, and GM’s certainly know that, even if they don’t know anything else.

  2. The GM values Bell, but not so sure about Adam Gase. He couldn’t get any production from Tannehill, Devante Parker, Gesicki, or Kenyan Drake. Jet fans should be concerned about how much better those guys all got after Gase left town.

  3. This wasn’t Gase’s guy to begin with. Gotta blame MM on this situation. Gase is an offensive guru so he will find a way to make it all work.

  4. Bell isn’t the problem. The o-line needs a complete overhaul, along with a better offensive system. Gase always seems to get less out of players than anyone else. So much for the “offensive guru.”

  5. The way the contract is written, there is no way to move him, unless the Jets eat some of his salary. Gase was unable to use him properly anyway, so they might was well move him.

    Maccagnan absolutely destroyed their cap with Trumaine Johnson, Bell, and Mosely.
    They have to resign many players. Its going to take a couple of years to dig out of this. They need to draft well since the rebuild starts in 2020.
    Sam Darnols rookie deal is up after 2021 and I’m not even convinced he’s worth kepeing.

    This franchise needs several years to rebuild.

  6. First up they need to dump Gase. Next get an O-line. They also need to remember he has good hands, throw him the ball. First step is the most important by far though.

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