It’s been thought for some time that the Jets were one of, if not the front runner for soon to be free agent running back Le’Veon Bell, who will leave the Steelers after a messy divorce in which he didn’t play at all last season.
The Jets need a running back, but it sounds like Bell might not be the answer according to today’s combine notes from Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.
He reports that the Jets are not interested in Bell, but instead will go after other ‘second tier’ running backs.
I’m told the New York Jets will target second-tier running backs during free agency. This affirms reports from our February 14 podcast on the Jets showing little interest in Le’Veon Bell. It’s a podcast I recommend people listen to, as we went into the reasons why the Jets may not be keen on bringing Bell into the mix.
Could the Jets still sign Bell during free agency? Absolutely; if they don’t sign a big-time pass rusher. After losing out on Kirk Cousins last year, they moved their free-agent money to cornerback Trumaine Johnson.