Jets officially release Le’Veon Bell

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The Le'Veon Bell era on the Jets has officially ended.

Bell’s release became official with the league office this afternoon, making him no longer a Jet and now a free agent who can sign with any team.

The Jets would have loved to be able to trade Bell, but there was no way any other team would be willing to take on the $6 million in base salary he’s still owed for this season. Bell was once among the league’s top running backs, but it’s been a long time since he’s looked like he was worth anything close to $6 million. Bell didn’t play at all in 2018, played poorly in 2019 and has played poorly so far this year.

Now Bell will shop himself to other teams, and although no one was will to trade for him at $6 million, he should be able to find a team that will pay him something for the rest of the season.

36 responses to “Jets officially release Le’Veon Bell

  1. Bell was great behind a great line with a great QB and great coaching. Without all those things he has been putrid.

  2. “played poorly in 2019 and has played poorly so far this year.”
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    If you actually look at all the Jets running back since Gase joined the Jets, they are ALL averaging CAREER LOWS: Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, Frank Gore, Leveon Bell etc.

    Says more about Gase than RBs I think…

  3. I wonder what kind of offset language is in his deal. Certainly any team would take him at the vet minimum – but will he play for that since he is already making $6M in base salary alone this year?

  4. This guy made his bed with that dumb decision to sit out a year. he was never going to live that one down. He ruined his owned career. Good riddance.

  5. The guy was a game changer with the Steelers , with the Jets not so much. Some team will pick him up on a flyer for sure.

  6. Great Backs make bad teams look better then they are, What happened here? Jets looked even worse with Bell.

  7. How stupid do ya gotta be to flush 6 million dollars of your own money down the drain? Just play,, Gase is gonna be fired within the next 3 weeks. Unbelievable.

  8. Remember when people were saying Bell was the reason Roethlisberger was so good? Yeah, that aged well.

  9. I hope the colts pick him up and that he gets back to his steeler ability. That would amazing huh colts fans?

    With or without him… we’re going to win this SB

  10. “Remember when people were saying Bell was the reason Roethlisberger was so good? Yeah, that aged well.”

    Benro came into the league in 2004, and won a super bowl before Bell was drafted. I’m not sure who was saying Bell was making Roethlisberger good, but clearly that is either totally false or an imagined statement.

  11. Having more patriots fans say,”New England Patriots on line one” would really enhance the conversation.

  12. teamrituals says:
    October 14, 2020 at 7:29 pm
    I hope the colts pick him up and that he gets back to his steeler ability. That would amazing huh colts fans?

    With or without him… we’re going to win this SB

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    No team with noodle-arm Rivers is going to win the SB. Adding Lev will only ruin your locker room.

  13. Did you see the Jets schedule? They haven’t exactly been losing to the league’s best.

    They haven’t played Kansas City or Seattle yet. In fact if they don’t steal one from Miami — which is getting better — they will go 0-16. The Chargers, Browns, and Raiders are all much better teams. The Chargers were a missed FG from winning in New Orleans and lost in OT to Kansas City.

  14. I think Bell is still good. I think Gase is probably the worst head coach i have ever seen. The Jets would have been better off keeping bell and firing Gase.

  15. Bell and Antonio Brown blew it. They were both with one of the best organizations in football — the Pittsburgh Steelers (and I am NOT a Steelers fan) and they wanted out.
    Former Steelers star players are worshiped for life in Pittsburgh and all over the country by Steelers fans.
    So — they weren’t happy there and got their wishes — they got out of there. And what did it do for them? Other than money, which they would have made lots of had they stayed with the Steelers, too — it got them nothing.
    I heard Michael Irvin, who normally is like finger nails on a chalk board to me — say this afternoon that they blew it. Normally, Irvin will always defend players in situations such as these. But he told WFAN in NY this afternoon that some day they will realize how foolish they have been if they haven’t realized it already.
    Coming from Irvin, who also had to learn some things the hard way, that’s pretty telling. And I agree with him. Bell will probably be signed by someone and maybe he can still play. But maybe he can’t. And Brown has about as much chance as Johnny Manziel of ever playing again — which is slim and none.
    I think of Terrell Owens when I think of Brown and Bell. He was another guy with a lot of talent who was never happy and the result was he found himself out of football and practically begged teams to sign him. But no one wanted him anymore because they didn’t want to put up with him. It was his fault, just like it’s all on Brown and Bell.

  16. People who say Bell was good because of the team was on obviously never watched him play in his prime. He was incredible, hands down the best back in the league. It goes quick when you take a year off, and he chased money. The Jets are barely an NFL team, and that is not an exaggeration.

  17. Sure…if you want a locker room cancer and a sure fire way to miss the playoffs….go ahead and sign him.

  18. djko says:
    October 14, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    “played poorly in 2019 and has played poorly so far this year.”
    ———————

    If you actually look at all the Jets running back since Gase joined the Jets, they are ALL averaging CAREER LOWS: Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, Frank Gore, Leveon Bell etc.

    Says more about Gase than RBs I think…
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    Kenyan Drake also had his best season after moving from the Dolphins to Arizona. Moving on from RBs Ryan Tannehill finally looked like a probowl QB when he got away from Gase, DeVante Parker had his a 1,200+ receiving yard season as soon as Gase left Miami. Gase is freaking horrible.

  19. teamrituals says:
    October 14, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Just watch. Colts @ SB. Rivers will smarten up starting this weekend.

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    I didn’t know they had made a decision to have fans @ SB this year. Mask up!

  20. Great. 1.) Now the Jets will have more cap space in 2021 so that 2.) they can have more money to pay the premium needed to get players to sign with the Jets 3.) because the franchise handles relationships with its players so poorly.

  21. $15 million dead money this year, $4 million next year + what they paid him…

    Dead Money
    Name Cap Number
    Le’Veon Bell $15,062,500

  22. He will go to the Bears who need to to put an offense together to go with their defense.look for the signing in the windy city soon.they need all the help on offense they can get.

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