One of the main reasons for the New York Jets’ decision to release Le’Veon Bell last week is the $ 8 million injury guarantee in the 2021 withdrawal agreement, league sources told ESPN
If Bell had suffered a long-term injury, the Jets would probably have had an additional $ 8 million in 2021, when he wanted to reduce his already costly losses.
So instead of keeping Bell on their list until the November 3 trading deadline, when the Jets could reclaim a late project for the disgruntled former Pro Bowler, they decided to release him last Tuesday.
League sources believe that any kind of injury to Bell could lead to a protracted dispute between him and the Jets over the $ 8 million injury guarantee. Bell has already found a new home in Kansas City with bosses who added him to a one-year contract on Thursday.
Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was disappointed to sign a four-year, $ 52.5 million contract last year with the Jets, averaging just 3.3 yards per wear – 51st out of 53 qualified NFL players during that period.
The Jets are responsible for the remaining $ 6 million of Bell’s base salary for 2020, but there is a compensation clause that will compensate him with the amount of salary in his new contract with the bosses. Bell will have a base salary of $ 1 million, along with up to $ 1 million for play and playoff incentives, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The base salary will be proportional to the five games Bell has not been to the bosses, which means he will win about $ 690,000.