Skip Bayless says Jets has ‘no shot’ next season
Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless wasted no time in raining on New York Jets fans’ parade. While their neighbors, the Giants fans, were mourning the loss of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Jets fans were celebrating their team signing the former All-Pro running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Le’Veon Bell.
Bayless however, isn’t ready to pat the franchise on the back for this move.
"Le'Veon's been used to competing for championships, now he's going to the Jets. I give the Jets no shot next year. What do they have? … They're still stuck in the Patriots division and Brady's not getting any older." — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/ZP7nx1kiAi
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) March 13, 2019
Bell signing gives Sam Darnold, New York’s second-year quarterback a security blanket like no other, but while fans can dispute the fact that their path to the playoffs is not an easy one, especially with the New England Patriots looming.
Since 2010, the Jets have won just four of their 19 matchups with New England. One of those was a 28-21 win in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, but in the last three seasons against the Jets, the Patriots are 6-0. The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since that 2010 season.
Bell signed a four-year contract worth $52.5 million, according to multiple reports. The average salary of $13.125 million ranks second among running backs, behind only the $57.5 million package—$14.375 million average—that the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley signed last summer. It will also almost definitely rank third after Ezekiel Elliott re-ups with the Dallas Cowboys.
Last July, the last long-term contract that the Steelers offered included $33 million in the first two years, and only just more than $10 million was fully guaranteed. Instead of signing, Bell sat out last season when the Steelers franchise tagged him for the second time. Regardless of what he could have earned last season, Bell is likely thrilled with his contract, whether Tom Brady is in his division or not.