The New York Jets have released Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday, after attempting to trade the running back.
This move was inevitable to happen anyway.
The Jets decided to part ways with Bell less than two years into the four-year, $52.5 million deal he signed with Maccagnan two offseasons ago. That pact came with $27 million guaranteed.
The disgruntled running back arrived as a marquee free agent in 2019, never clicked with coach Adam Gase, who opposed the signing from the outset.
GM Joe Douglas released a statement upon the said move:
“After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon,”
“The Jets organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success.”
As a vested veteran, Bell is not subject to waivers. He will be a free agent at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.
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Bell shared his thoughts on Twitter shortly after the announcement, saying that he has something to prove.
According to Spotrac, Bell’s release leaves the Jets with $15 million in dead cap in 2020, plus another $4 million in 2021.
Bell made about $28 million with little production in 17 games — 3.3 yards per rush and four total touchdowns.
With him out of the Jets, Frank Gore is the No. 1 back. Bell’s departure should also create more opportunities for rookie La’Mical Perine, who unfortunately display lack of excitement with his role in the offense.