Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets are reportedly showing “little interest” in Le’Veon Bell, rather targeting second-tier running backs.
Perhaps the New York Jets are on the right offseason track after all.
According to Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst, the Jets are showing “little interest” in mega free-agent Le’Veon Bell. In addition, they are “targeting second-tier running backs” in favor of the All-Pro back.
Yes. While, of course, any report must be met with severe skepticism, I’ve been on board with this train since day one.
Bell, 27, is an unreliable yet ultra-talented back whose new contract will (most likely) make him the richest back in the NFL. Remember, this is the position that bleeds value more than any spot on the professional football field. It also showcases incredible dependence on the most critical unit on the field, the offensive line.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously reported that Bell and his camp are seeking a $17 million per campaign and $45 million fully guaranteed deal.
Though New York sports over $100 million in cap space, every dollar counts as per value. With so many depth chart holes at the current moment, it’d be highly-questionable to dish out such a rich contract to a guy who oftentimes misses games and will be 28 at this time next year.
The correct blueprint to success revolves around “building the house.” Gobble up center Matt Paradis and edge players in free agency prior to drafting young, decade-long offensive linemen early in the draft.
Sam Darnold needs that decade-long left tackle much more than any current hole witnessed on the depth chart.
Of course, this report can turn out to be complete garbage. We don’t know. Only time will tell revolving around the Le’Veon Bell to the New York Jets notion this offseason.
One way or another, the man will get his money.