There was speculation leading up to the October trade deadline that the New York Jets were already looking to deal high-priced running back Le’Veon Bell.
First-year head coach Adam Gase reportedly did not see Bell as a fit in his offense. In fact, Gase preferred then-free agent back Tevin Coleman to Bell last March.
Coming off a horrible first season in Jersey that saw him average a career-low 3.2 yards per rush, Bell is now saying all of the right things.
“Me and coach Gase had our exit meeting. It was fine, so we straight. Yeah, we good,” Bell told TMZ Sports. “Everybody blowing everything out of proportion. Water under the bridge. We’re fine. We good. Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes.”
The drastic changes could very well include New York looking to move Bell and his bloated contract in a trade during the spring.
Good luck with that. The three-time Pro Bowler is set to count nearly $29 million against the cap over the next two seasons. It would be a hard sell for the Jets on the trade market. That’s for sure.
Bell might be hedging his bets as a way to mend his relationship with Gase. After all, the 27-year-old back likely knows there’s no other real options available to him.