ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 29: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the New York Jets walks off the field after an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 29, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York.
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Questions about whether or not Adam Gase wants the New York Jets to keep Le’Veon Bell are frustrating for all parties involved.

Le’Veon Bell was the big-splash signing the New York Jets made last offseason, but his first year under head coach Adam Gase was the least productive of his career.

Throughout the season, reports indicated that Gase was against signing the running back to a long-term deal and that the move was spearheaded by ousted general manager Mike Maccagnan. During a press conference on Monday, Gase grew frustrated with questions about whether or not he wants Bell back next season.

“You can ask Joe [Douglas] tomorrow. You can ask Joe tomorrow. I’m not the personnel –I’m not in charge of personnel,” a defiant Gase said.

Cue Le’Veon Bell’s reaction:

What a way to start the offseason, huh?

Before fans start gathering the torches and pitchforks to hunt down Gase, let’s take a deep breath. This is a 13-second clip from a much longer press conference and it’s very easy to take things out of context.

Even with context added, Bell clearly feels some type of way about Gase’s answer. The good news is that they have all offseason long to patch things up together.

Making sure general manager Joe Douglas puts together a competent offensive line for Bell is far more important than a short clip in Gase’s final press conference of the season. The former All-Pro back can still be one of the best in football and a weapon for quarterback Sam Darnold in the future.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.