The odds of the Jets trading running back Le’Veon Bell this offseason seem “remote’ according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.
Despite coach Adam Gase’s open antagonism of Bell throughout his debut season in the Big Apple, Cimini doesn’t see a trade coming to fruition without the Jets taking on a significant portion of his 2020 salary, which calls for a whopping $13.5 million in guarantees.
Even then, Cimini wouldn’t anticipate New York getting much in return for Bell (a Day 3 draft pick is probably the best they could hope for).
Bell had the worst season of his NFL career in 2019, rushing for only 789 yards a scoring a total of four touchdowns in 15 games. That is a pretty pathetic return after the Jets invested in him to the tune of four years and $52.5 million including $27 million in guaranteed money.
Only Buccaneers plodder Peyton Barber averaged fewer yards per rushing attempt (3.1) than Bell (3.2) last season. The Jets believe Bell put on weight last season while losing much of his explosiveness.
Nevertheless, that giant contract will probably keep Bell in a Jets uniform for the foreseeable future as they cannot afford the salary cap hit of cutting him.
Bell turns 28 years old on February 18th.
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