Jets announce they will cut Le’Veon Bell

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A year and a half after signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract, Le'Veon Bell is done with the Jets.

Jets General Manager Joe Douglas said in a statement that the team has decided to cut Bell after not finding a trading partner.

“After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon,” Douglas said. “The Jets organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success.”

Although the Jets were interested in trading Bell, the idea that any team would want to trade for his contract never made a lot of sense. The Jets overpaid Bell, and there’s no reason for any other team to give up a draft pick for the right to overpay Bell.

Bell, who has 19 carries for 74 yards this season, will now hit free agency.

75 responses to “Jets announce they will cut Le’Veon Bell

  1. He will not get signed quickly is my guess. He made lots of money, so he can wait & sign on the cheap by a playoff team.

  2. If I’m Bell, I’d take my $27 mil guaranteed, gain back the 35 lbs and spend the rest of the season riding out Covid in a South Beach mansion.

  3. When Gase was hired he said he didn’t want Bell. When the team said he was stuck with Bell Gase was pretty much “Challenge accepted”.

    And now even though he is 0-5 on the season with the bottom rated offense. he has proved to ownership that they can’t force him to play Bell.

    I think Bell has more left in the tank but the Jet’s are destined to go winless this year.

  4. Frank gore is a happy man…. he will get 15 carries for 40 yards a game and continue to pad his stats

  5. In 5 Seasons Carson Wentz
    -has 0 playoff wins
    -has 53 fumbles
    -is 7-24 vs teams over 500
    -has no heart and no desire to win
    -has started 5-6 in 4 of his first 5 seasons
    -makes dumb decisions holds ball too long
    -ignores open recievers and makes everyone around him worse.

  6. People are realizing now how Mike Tomlin kept Bell and AB not just in line but wildly productive despite their personalities. He deserves more credit as a coach.

  7. Looks like he got his wish, not sure where he lands and doesn’t look like the player he was at 25.

  8. Oh, now he’s “overpaid.”. I’m pretty sure that’s what nearly every Steelers fan said when all that went down. Those fans were met with how cheap the Steelers are, even though they are up against the cap every year. Newsflash, there’s a difference between being cheap and being smart with your money.

  9. Are there any players that get along with Adam Gase? Also Leveon clearly owes Jamal Adams an apology. He got mad at him for being tired with Gase and the front office and deciding he wants out, only for Bell to start complaining about some of Gases decisions to the internet.

  10. Wait. . .? They cut Bell and kept Gase? Crazy Jets doing crazy Jet things!
    It’s hard not to love those losers.

    Go Pats!

  11. Wonder what the offset language in his contract looks like. It would just be so Jete to end up paying his full freight while he plays elsewhere for the minimum

  12. So in summary:

    Steelers offer:$XXX
    Leveon wanted $XXXX
    Steelers say no, Levon sit out a year and gets $0

    Jets sign Leveon for less than what Steelers offered.
    Jets cut Leveon

    Should be a case study for how to lose money as fast as possible.

  13. 3yardsndust says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    People are realizing now how Mike Tomlin kept Bell and AB not just in line but wildly productive despite their personalities. He deserves more credit as a coach.

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    I don’t know if coaching credit is it but Steelers kept a lid on all AB’s nonsense for at least a few years. So they kept the local media in line.

  14. Kudos to the comments that dissed Bakari… these players list to agents that kill their careers.
    Bell had it made in Pittsburgh and the Stillers were willing to pay him.
    Now he’s in the unemployment line waiting for the phone to ring…

  15. He went from a team loaded with offensive talent, which allowed him to shine, to a team with very little offensive talent, and a coach that didn’t want him. Did anyone really think it would end well?

  16. Woody Johnson left the Jets in the hands of his brother 4 years ago. IN that time Cris Johnson has turned the team into the laughingstock of sports. SELL THE TEAM JOHNSONS!

  17. You know it’s pretty bad when a team pays you to just go away. That’s essentially what they’re doing. They are only hoping someone else will be as dumb as they were and pick him up on waivers. I doubt anyone does. I’d be surprised if anyone even wants this guy at any price given his attitude and lack of production. Oh sure, he was great with the Steelers but they were loaded. Put him on a team where he has to carry the load and you 789 yards and 3 touchdowns last year and 74 yards so far this year. My guess is he and his agent are on the phone right now begging Tomlin to take him back. I doubt Tomlin is interested. Maybe they could control him but I doubt they’d pick him up on waivers and assume that contract.

    However, I don’t think Bell’s contract has any guaranteed money in it so in essence some team could pick him up on waivers, play him this year then try to get him to renegotiate next year and if he doesn’t cut him. I still think they would need to pay him $6.75M if they go that route. I doubt any team thinks he’s worth that at this point.

  18. lol@ the Jets thinking this is the nba and a handful of “star” players is how you win in the nfl after NE showing for 20 years, it isn’t.

    It simply cannot be made up. I am halfway shocked they didn’t sign Jadaveon Clowney for a year at 17 million.

  19. This is a great move. Now how do you go about cutting your head coach?
    I am sorry for bell–he was signed by the former GM and when Gase was hired, pretty much decided immediately he did not want Bell. Unlike a GOOD coach, Gase decided the best course of action would be to be a complete jerk–bell is very good at catching passing so Gase decided to prove he was right, was not to have him catch passes.

    Nobody gets less out of their players than Gase. I mean, Miami fired him and cleaned house and were actually not that bad (they missed out on Joe Burrow). Jets are TRYING To win with Gase and they are worse. When Miami beats JEts,I hope that is the end for Gase.

  20. Appreciate his efforts? What efforts? Wasn’t aware he’d put in much effort in about 3 years. Just taking checks. Good luck, but dude has lost a few steps from 4 years ago and who wants this whiner on their team?

  21. nhpats2011 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm
    Cut by the Jets…..that can’t do much for one’s self-esteem
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    Wanna’ bet, that’s a godsend to get cut by that trainwreck of a team, the Jets are 0-5 with a 86 point deficit, that isn’t Bell’s fault, if Gase makes it to week 8 the GM should be fired first then Gase!

    Bet he gets picked up by next weekend, week 7! A team with a decent OL(which the Jets don’t have) would benefit from Bell.

  22. bornsteel62 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm
    Kudos to the comments that dissed Bakari… these players list to agents that kill their careers.
    Bell had it made in Pittsburgh and the Stillers were willing to pay him.
    Now he’s in the unemployment line waiting for the phone to ring…

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    Agents work FOR the players. The players ultimately make the final decisions. Even a poor agent wouldn’t advise Bell to do what he’s done the last couple of years. All an agent can do is offer advice. It’s not in any agent’s interest to have players sit out complete seasons and then eventually get themselves released. I don’t think this is the agents fault.

  23. Everyone knows that in the “New NFL” Rb’s will not get big contracts anymore. It a case of supply and demand. The Aaron Jones situation in GB will be interesting>

  24. Surprised they didn’t fire Gase and keep Bell. I mean they are both gone probably after 2020, so why not see if another coach would use him in a way that would help the team? Probably would save money releasing him after 2020. Bell would be a productive player if he was still in PIT, he wanted to get paid. He did (even though it wasn’t what PIT was going to pay), but it’s crazy the Jets let him force his way out while collecting the guarantees. Gase is horrible, but what is left of Bell’s talent wont out weighs his selfishness.

  25. I don’t follow the Jets but my memory says Robbie Anderson was a big disappointment while playing in NY. I know it has only been a few games but he looks great in Carolina……

  26. Bell remains a productive player. He was actually the best receiver on the Jets yet the “brilliant mind” Gase was not brilliant enough to formulate any plays to use him. Gase needs to be gone and the GM should be demoted to cleaning the rest rooms at the facility.

  27. winner winner chicken Dinner! 28M for 2 years and gets to play the 2nd out with whatever team he wants. Get behind a serviceable O-line and Bell will be Bell again.

    The Jets are absurd. You are paying him anyway. Send him home till you find a trade. U lose nothing. He is home either way.

  28. Bell was willing to play the last 8 odd games with the Steelers but he wanted a guarantee from them that they wouldn’t tag him again. The Steelers declined to do so and Bell decided not to play that year. Bell had problems with the front office in Pitt but he seemed to get along well with other players. Now that money ain’t an issue Bell and Steelers can work out something if they want to.

  29. indytom87 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:13 pm
    So in summary:

    Steelers offer:$XXX
    Leveon wanted $XXXX
    Steelers say no, Levon sit out a year and gets $0

    Jets sign Leveon for less than what Steelers offered.
    Jets cut Leveon

    Should be a case study for how to lose money as fast as possible.
    _________________________________________

    Perfect way to leave out the most important details like how Bell said he wasn’t doing this just for himself but mostly so other top RBs could get paid also, how top RB were being taken advantage of and he was unselfish for doing it, Gurly, Elliott, McCaffery and a few others got more money because of what Bell did. Also it wasn’t the Steelers offer that Bell didn’t agree with, it was the measly $8mil in guaranteed money was the reason he wouldn’t sign, that was only about 10 games worth of guaranteed money, that’s a ridiculous offer, most players get at least 2yrs worth of guaranteed money! So yes he sat out a year but he got $35mil in guaranteed money so in a way he made more, then there’s the fact the Steelers were using the hell out of him to the tune of averaging nearly 400 touches a year, what other team uses up their RB like that? NONE!

    The Steelers haven’t done squat since Bell left so there’s that also! Make no mistake Bell will land on his feet and if the team that picks him up has a 1/2 decent OL they’ll benefit from having him! There isn’t a RB alive that’s great behind a horrible OL, not a one.

  30. cancerman2020 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:06 pm
    Frank gore is a happy man…. he will get 15 carries for 40 yards a game and continue to pad his stats

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    IDK, Gore is soon going to be starting to approach middle age. (In Gore years)

  31. Gee can he suit up for the Dolphins fast enough to play against the jets and put a hurting on Gase this week?

  32. This sounds so much Iike one of those deals where Belichick winds up getting him playing lights out for thirty five cents, but first we see if he gets the pot of gold or the blow up in his face. He has experienced both when grabbing a ‘potentially strong but history of being a problem’ type to see if they can straighten out and contribute.

  33. When teams work him out he’s not the fastest back or strongest. It was just a nice fit with Pittsburgh because they could hold the block long enough for bell to be able to hit the hole. He was a slow back that was patient to the hole. It’s not like just any old team can chance that will be the result with their team. That’s a lot of money and also who has that much money to spend on a roll of the dice physically and a roll of the dice on attitude?

  34. Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are both on the street. Meanwhile, the Steelers are 4-0. Football is a team sport. Not a “me” sport.

  35. I hate to break this to you, but there’s no way they’re going to fire Gase right now. They’d risk winning some games, and potentially blowing their chance at Trevor Lawrence. After the Texans promptly won their first game after canning O’Brien, you can bet the Jets are more than content to ride it out with Gase. It’s not like losing bothers them that much anyway– they’re used to it.

  36. steelpenguin6687 says:
    October 13, 2020 at 9:08 pm
    Oh, now he’s “overpaid.”. I’m pretty sure that’s what nearly every Steelers fan said when all that went down. Those fans were met with how cheap the Steelers are, even though they are up against the cap every year. Newsflash, there’s a difference between being cheap and being smart with your money.
    —————————————————————————————-Perhaps you need to revisit the 3 year $47 million offer the Steelers made to Bell. That’s an average of over $15 million a year. Tell me again about Big Ben’s contract. Next season he has a cap hit of $41 million. Yup, being smart with their money.

  37. I don’t care what anyone says the problem in NY wasn’t Bell it’s Gase. Words can’t describe how terrible he is in utilizing his players. He makes no effort at all to adapt his plays to his player’s talents. The worse coach for a green young QB to play under. The worse most unimaginative play calling. He had people thinking he was a genius offensive mind because his offenses put up video game numbers when he was a coorsinator in Denver…..But that’s sort of easy to do when you have Peyton Manning calling plays and making pre snap adjustments.

  38. Any team can sign him for the league minimum. He will get his guaranteed money from the Jets, or has already, but the contract he signed is now void.

  39. I don’t follow the Jets but my memory says Robbie Anderson was a big disappointment while playing in NY. I know it has only been a few games but he looks great in Carolina……
    ——————-
    Robbie Anderson was not a disappointment with the Jets. He was an undrafted FA and managed to sign a very good deal with Carolina. Disappointments don’t get to do that.

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