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Jets Looking to Trade Le'Veon Bell Before Tuesday Deadline; NYDN

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The Daily News has learned that Gang Green is amenable to dealing the perennial Pro Bowl running back for the right price before the 4 p.m. trade deadline. Although it?s unclear what that price tag has been during discussions, there are legitimate buyers. The Jets would unload a big salary as general manager Joe Douglas looks to reshape the roster.


The News reported in March that Adam Gase didn?t want to sign Bell in the first place. Folks higher on the totem pole on One Jets Drive disagreed, so the team inked the dual-threat running back to a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed at signing. Bell, who has a $8.97 million cap charge this year, will count $15.5 million against the 2021 cap (with $13.5 million in cash earnings).




I think this is what puts me over in terms of my continued fandom as a Jet. They go out, get the most offensively talented player on the market with absolutely zero concept of how to use him. Darnold goes down for four weeks and they do nothing to make the situation better. The guy has been a class act, trying to put an optimistic face on a disastrous season. If they trade him, they really have nothing to show offensively, and Gase is out of his mind if he thinks he'll keep his job if they can't re-tool by the start of next season.

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The problem is that Bell wasn't worth his contract at any point, regardless of usage. He's been one of the least efficient players in football, on a per touch base, for years. Yards After Contact and Broken Tackles were both lower than Connor.


Bell is only excellent when he has a good OL or is force-fed the ball in space. 5 years ago, he was unique like that. Now, there are probably 15 players in the league who can be as productive and more explosive with the same type of touches (look at SF). Bell is a good chain mover, but that's it, and he needs specific usage to do that.

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