Le’Veon Bell must be wondering if his tenure with the New York Jets will be over before it even begins.
According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Jets may try to trade Bell before the start of the season “if there’s a suitor.”
This report comes on the heels of New York firing Mike Maccagnan from his post as general manager earlier this week. That may have something to do with the Jets’ desire to potentially move their running back.
On Thursday, it was reported by Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News that one major disagreement between Maccagnan and new Jets head coach Adam Gase was the signing of Bell. Gase evidently wanted no part of adding the 27-year-old.
Couple that with Bell not showing up at voluntary workouts, and you can certainly see where these trade rumors are coming from.
New York signed Bell to a four-year, $52 million contract at the beginning of free agency, arguably the biggest splash of the offseason. Of that total amount, $35 million is guaranteed. The deal could also reach $61 million with incentives.
Of course, in spite of all of this current talk, the chances of the Jets actually trading Bell between now and the start of the regular season seem slim to none, but if New York gets off to a slow start, who knows? Perhaps the Jets will seriously entertain moving Bell by the trade deadline.
Regardless, all of this shows what a mess the Jets are currently in. This soap opera is unfolding just when it looked like Gang Green was beginning to be on the right track.