Le'Veon Bell
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NFL insider John Clayton speculates that the New York Jets may look to move running back Le’Veon Bell prior to the 2019 season.

It’s possible that Le’Veon Bell‘s New York Jets career could end before it truly begins.

Appearing on 93.7 The Fan, a Pittsburgh-based radio station, NFL insider John Clayton told host Andrew Fillipponi that, if the Jets can find a match, Bell could be traded before he plays a single down in green.

The Jets signed Bell to a four-year contract worth $52.5 million this offseason. That deal was facilitated by Mike Maccagnan, the general manager fired by the Jets on Wednesday. Head coach Adam Gase has taken over the spot in the interim.

Rumors have since emerged that Gase did not want Bell, especially at such a high price. At just over $13 million, Bell has the second-highest yearly salary amongst NFL running backs, trailing only Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Gase’s Bell veto was overruled by Jets CEO/Chairman Christopher Johnson. That apparently wasn’t enough to save Maccagnan, the Jets’ general manager for the past five years.

For his part, Bell responded to rumors of a rift between him and Gase with social media posts reiterating his sole desire is to “win football games”. He had a similar post after he missed on optional minicamp last month.

Bell missed out on the entire 2018 season with his original squad, the Pittsburgh Steelers, after a franchise tag dispute. Gase was not publicly concerned about his running back’s absence last month, reiterating that activities were optional.

“It’s voluntary,” Gase said, per Mehta. “Everybody can get upset about it. There’s no point. We know where he is. He’s working out. He’s always been ready. Every year that he’s played, he’s been ready to go. So, that’s just what it is. If somebody doesn’t like it, then talk to the NFLPA.”

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