Well, it looks like New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell has attended voluntary workouts, after all. Or at least one of them.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams discussed how it was cool to meet quarterback Sam Darnold, safety Jamal Adams, and Bell, an indication that Bell has been at a voluntary workout at least once this offseason.
Bell’s absence at voluntary workouts has been a hot topic of discussion in New York given that the halfback also held out of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp each of the last two years.
Of course, circumstances are incredibly different this time around.
In Pittsburgh, Bell was angling for a new contract in both 2017 and 2018 and was unsuccessful in both of his attempts. He held out through Week 1 of the 2017 campaign before finally returning in Week 2 and playing out the rest of the season. Then, this past year, Bell’s contract dispute with the Steelers continued, and the 27-year-old ended up sitting out the entire campaign.
Bell then signed a four-year deal with the Jets this offseason, so, obviously money is no longer an issue for Bell, who can make up to $52.5 million over the course of his pact with New York.
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Obviously, these workouts are labeled “voluntary” for a reason, so Bell is not under any obligation to attend them, but based on his past, people are making a bigger deal out of his absence than they should.
If Bell skips mandatory offseason workouts later in the offseason, then the Jets have a problem.