Le’Veon Bell calls first season with Jets ‘disappointing’
When he signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets in March, Le’Veon Bell likely didn’t envision his season turning out to be what it was.
Bell, in his return from his brutal contract holdout with the Pittsburgh Steelers, did not live up to his gaudy contract. No All-Pro nod. No Pro Bowl appearance. The Michigan State product failed to reach 1,000 yards rushing and saw his overall production diminish in an Adam Gase offense that didn’t fit his skill set.
After beating the Buffalo Bills 13-6 in the Jets’ season finale, Bell said his first year in New York was a disappointment.
“It’s been a different season, that’s all you can say about it,” Bell said postgame, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “I didn’t break 1,000 yards. It’s disappointing. Obviously, that’s a marker that every running back kind of [aspires to] — 1,000 yards. It didn’t happen this year. I have to work harder and get better for next year.”
Bell capped off his disappointing first year in New York with an equally disappointing game. Though the Jets won, it wasn’t due to Bell. Gase handed the keys of the rushing attack to backup Bilal Powell. The former Steeler entered the game with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter, tallying 16 rushes for 41 yards in the garbage time of a meaningless matchup.
Bell has three years left on his contract. Considering the large guarantees on his contract, the Jets can’t cut him. However, they may opt to go the route of trading him away.