On Tuesday, the news broke that New York Jets had decided to part ways with Le’Veon Bell running.
The former All-Pro had spent five seasons terrorizing rivals gaining more than 5,000 yards with Pittsburgh Steelers. But after the Steelers had placed it twice franchise label on it, Bell decided to stay season 2018.
In 2019, he signed a four-year deal with the Jets worth $ 52.5 million. However, he was reported to never fit in with Jets head coach Adam Gase – who is said to have opposed his signing – and through the 17 starts with the Jets, he has won just 863 yards, scoring just three touchdowns.
Now, Bell is a free agent – and could literally sign anywhere he wants to play. Under his contract, the Jets will continue to pay him the remaining $ 13 million owed in 2020 – plus another $ 4 million guaranteed salary in 2021. So it is possible that Bell could sign with a team for as long as an NFL- minimum wage for the rest of the year.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, head coach Andy Reid (as usual) diverted all questions about Bell to general manager Brett Veach.
“Veach does it all,” Reid said. I tell him, “If something happens, let me know.” And then we roll. “
Reid’s response was – as always in such situations – a little tight. It is inconceivable that Veach would sign a player without a contribution from Reid. It also seems highly unlikely that Reed would be in the dark about where negotiations with Bell could take place. But fair to Reed, he was very happy to leave the post of CEO when he left Philadelphia Eagles – and it is understandable that he would like to keep it that way.
But what ‘s more amusing about Reid’ s reluctance to discuss staff issues is how it has now been extended to its players. They can use social media to prepare your teammates (and fans) about the team being able to sign a free agent star – but when journalists are present, there is a corporate line to follow.
“I leave these things to Veach and them,” quarterback Patrick Maomo he told reporters Thursday. “Obviously a huge player – someone who can do it all: grab the ball, run the ball. But I just let Veach handle everything – and whoever is in this locker room, make sure they’re ready to go and play on Sundays. “
Bell reportedly plans to make his decision on Thursday. Stay tuned.