Le’Veon Bell got his wish.
Two days after Bell indicated on Twitter that he wanted to disappear from the team, the Jets accommodated the runners. The Jets announced Tuesday night that they released Bell after trying to trade him.
The issuance ends a rocky 19-month marriage between the two parties.
“After talks with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trading opportunities over the past few days, we decided to release Le’Veon,” Joe Douglas said in a statement to Jets GM. “The Jets appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his stay here and we know that he has worked hard to make a significant contribution to the team. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of both parties and we wish it future success. “
The 28-year-old Bell is disappointed to sign a four-year deal with the Jets for $ 52.5 million in March 201
Bell tweets emoticons from his hands in prayer, which means thank you.
“I have a lot to prove,” Bell later tweeted. “I’m ready to go.”
The latest straw came when Bell took to Twitter after Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and liked several tweets criticizing how coach Adam Gaze used him. He liked a tweet that said the Jets should trade it.
This was just the latest work between Bell and Gaze. The partnership felt doomed from the start. Former CEO Mike Makanyan signed Bell against objections from Gase, who chose to invest the money in other positions. These objections became public after Makanyan was fired in May 2019 and the disagreement over Bell was announced as one of the reasons for the rift between Gaze and Makanyan. Both Gase and Bell have repeatedly said there are no problems between them, but fires have occurred repeatedly.
Bell was unhappy after Sunday’s game when he had 13 runs for 60 yards, but only one catch. It was his first game after missing three with a lower leg injury. He refused to speak to reporters after the game called Zoom and then exploded on Twitter. Gaze said he understood Bell’s disappointment, but wanted to come to him instead of turning to social media to express it.
It came after a similar break in training camp between the two after Bell was pulled out of a brawl by trainers and Gasse told reporters it was because his hamstrings were tight. Bell took to Twitter and said the hamstrings were fine. The two had a meeting after a conversation, but that was just another sign of a lack of trust between the two.
Bell owed about $ 6 million in salary for the rest of this season, plus some bonus money, making it difficult for him to trade. The Jets did not owe him any guaranteed money after this year, so he was expected to be laid off after the season. Instead, the planes left early. It leaves behind a payroll fee of $ 15 million this year and another $ 4 million in 2021.
After Bell’s absence, the Jets can now give more shipments to rookie La’Mical Perine, who did not play offensive photos on Sunday. Perrin and veteran Frank Gore will carry the cargo for safe planes now.
This move is the latest in a turbulent season for the Jets. It started in the spring with the contract drama between the team and star defender Jamal Adams. This ended with the Jets trading with Adams to Seattle just before training camp in exchange for a package that included two first-round choices.
A week later, linebacker CJ Mosley, the team’s highest paid player, dropped out of the season due to concerns about COVID-19.
The Jets lost their first five games and Gase is in the hot spot. Quarterback Sam Darnold did not play very well and then injured his shoulder two weeks ago against the Broncos and missed Sunday’s game.
Now Bell, the best player on the team, is gone.