Le’Veon Bell may get his wish.
The Jets are actively trying to trade their disgruntled running back, a source confirmed. Bell took to Twitter after Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and liked several tweets criticizing how coach Adam Gase utilized him. He liked one tweet that said the Jets should trade him.
Moving Bell will not be easy. He is owed about $6.4 million for the rest of the season. That number would drop to around $5 million by the Nov. 3 trade deadline. The Jets certainly would have to eat some of that salary to get a trade done. Bell, 28, has been a disappointment since signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March 2019.
The marriage has felt doomed from the start. Former GM Mike Maccagnan signed Bell over objections from Gase, who preferred to invest the money in other positions. Those objections became public after Maccagnan was fired in May 2019. The two have repeatedly said there are no issues between them, but brushfires repeatedly come up.
The latest occurred after Bell only had one catch in Sunday’s game. He refused to speak to reporters after the game on a Zoom call and then had his Twitter tantrum. Gase said he understood Bell’s frustration but wished he had come to him instead of turning to social media to express it.
That may have been the final straw for Jets GM Joe Douglas, who had trade talks about Bell at last year’s deadline and also was open to trading him in the offseason. Now, it seems Douglas is trying harder to move Bell and possibly get a draft pick for him.
The team surely will cut Bell after this season. He has no more guaranteed money in his deal. If they cut him now, though, they owe him the rest of his 2020 salary and he would still have a $15 million salary cap charge.
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