Le’Veon Bell’s injury guarantee was key reason Jets released him
Aside from Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell’s frustrations towards his former team in the New York Jets, there was a more practical reason why Gang Green decided to drop the three-time Pro Bowler.
“One significant reason behind the New York Jets’ decision to release Le’Veon Bell this past week was the $8 million injury guarantee in the running back’s contract for 2021, league sources told ESPN,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Jets would likely be on the hook for an additional $8 million price tag in 2021 had Bell suffered a long-term injury. It would only be another punch to the gut for the Jets when the team wanted to cut their already pricey losses.
According to Schefter, league sources also believe that any type of injury to Bell could have led to a prolonged dispute between him and the Jets over the $8 million injury guarantee.
After the tumultuous series of events over the past two years, Bell has finally found a new home in Kansas City with the Chiefs who took a chance and picked him up on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Despite agreeing on a low paycheck, Bell already managed to secure the bag from the Jets after signing a lucrative four-year, $52.5 million contract last year. The partnership turned out to be a failure as he only averaged only 3.3 yards per carry, ranking 51st out of 53 qualifying runners in the NFL during that span.
Hopefully with a change in scenery, Bell can be given opportunities to find his Pro Bowl form once again and contribute to the Chiefs’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.