NFL Trade Rumors: Jets Ultimately Retain Le'Veon Bell

Tim Kelly
October 29, 2019 - 12:34 pm

For a little while Tuesday, it appeared that Le'Veon Bell's stint in New York may not last long.

Ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET NFL trade deadline, Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News is reported that the Jets were open to trading the two-time All-Pro running back:

"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."

Ultimately, ESPN's Adam Schefter says that while some teams did make inquires on Bell, "there wasn't enough interest to make a trade."

The Jets inked the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back to a four-year/$52.5 million free-agent contract in March.

However, that move was made when Mike Maccagnan was the general manager. Maccangnan was fired in May of 2019, and ultimately replaced by Joe Douglas, the former Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel.

One of the disagreements that seemingly led to Jets first-year head coach Adam Gase winning a power struggle over Maccagnan was that, per Mehta, Gase didn't think investing the team's resources in Bell ("or any running back") was smart. Bell ultimately downplayed the report, though it's unclear what other course of action he had.

Bell is averaging just 3.2 yards-per-carry through his first seven games as a Jet, though he's done so for a 1-6 Jets team that missed starting quarterback Sam Darnold for three games with mononucleosis.

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