Never clicked: Jets released disgruntled Le’Veon Bell

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Jets released running back Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday night. This was a move to show Bell that he was not bigger than the team.

He never clicked with the Jets.

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell participates during practice at the NFL football team's training camp
Le’Veon Bell participates during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp (Photo by the Associated Press/Seth Wenig)

The Jets attempted to trade Bell over the past day. However, there were no takers.

He is now eligible to sign with any team that may choose to sign him. Sitting out the 2018 season in a dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers hurt his career.

When he became a free agent, there were limited teams interested in his services. Plus, he did not receive all the money he wanted by sitting out.

After signing as a free agent with the Jets, Bell has been disgruntled during his tenure with the team, especially since this summer. He clashed with head coach Adam Gase.

By cutting ties with Bell, the Jets are now responsible for $15 million dead cap hit in 2020. Plus, they are facing a $4 million dead cap hit in 2021.

Bell received $28 million in 18 games.

His numbers have been down across the board since signing with the Jets. He averaged 15.5 carries per game.

He also had 3.3 yards per carry and 50.8 rushing yards per game.

Also with the Jets, he was averaging 4.1 receptions per game. He had 29.4 receiving yards per game.

Before signing with the Jets, he averaged 19.8 carries per game with the Steelers. Bell was averaging 4.3 rushing yards per carry and 86.1 rushing yards per game.

In addition, with the Steelers, he had 5.0 receptions per game. He also had 42.9 receiving yards per game.

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