Despite earlier reports stating the New York Jets would look to move Le’Veon Bell, it doesn’t seem like they’ll be trading him after all.
On Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the New York Jets were looking to trade running back Le’Veon Bell. Mehta claimed he received the news from his sources.
However, it doesn’t seem like a trade involving Bell will happen prior to the 4:00 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday. This, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. New York actually did take calls on Bell but wasn’t interested in the offers made.
Barring a last-hour change, the Jets don’t plan to trade RB Le’Veon Bell before today’s 4 pm deadline, per source. Jets received calls, but not enough interest to make a deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2019
It’s unclear the real reason why the Jets would deal Bell after signing him this past offseason. However, there are a few ideas to ponder.
For one, general manager Joe Douglas wasn’t the one to sign Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million deal back in March. The Jets hired Douglas in June after parting ways with Mike Maccagnan. It’s possible that Douglas didn’t agree with the Jets giving that amount of money to a running back.
The trade talks also could’ve been due to Bell’s on-field production not lining up with his pay. His stats certainly don’t compare with what he did as a member of the Steelers. Bell has just one touchdown on the ground through seven games as well as a 3.2 yards-per-carry rate. He additionally has only one score through the air to go along with 32 receptions for 187 yards.
The Jets, just like any other team, have until Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. to make their moves.