NFL running back Le’ Veon Bell is searching for a team to play for after the New York Jets released him on Tuesday, October 13. Bell played in 17 games for the Jets during the 2019 season and part of the 2020 season.
Not too long after the Jets released him, Bell went to social media to deliver a message to his NFL doubters.
Le’ Veon Bell had success during his time in Pittsburgh
Bell started his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. The Steelers selected him in the second round of the draft, and he was the second running back taken. Bell had to miss the first three games of the season due to an injury he suffered during the preseason. He made his NFL debut against the Minnesota Vikings, and he rushed for 57 yards on 16 carries and had two touchdowns. Bell started the last 13 games of the season during his rookie year and finished with 244 carries, 860 rushing yards, and eight rushing touchdowns.
In his second season, Bell put together an impressive year. He was the full-time starter for the Steelers, and he finished the season rushing for 1,361 rushing yards with eight rushing touchdowns and 83 receptions for 854 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. Bell went from a rookie to an All-Pro in just one year. He finished second in the league in rushing yards, yards from scrimmage, and all-purpose yards. Bell was a threat on the ground and in the air, and that was something that made him so good.
In his six seasons with the Steelers, Bell was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and he was a three-time All-Pro selection. During his final season with the Steelers, things didn’t work out with Bell and the Steelers. In March of 2018, the Steelers decided to place a franchise tag on Bell for the second straight year, and that year it was worth $14.5 million. Bell did not sign the franchise tag and did not attend any team activities after not agreeing on a contract.
He missed the first nine games of the regular season during the 2018 season. Bell ended up missing the entire season, and he became a free agent the next year. He had three seasons where he rushed for over 1,000 yards during his time with the Steelers. Unfortunately, he and the Steelers could not come to an agreement.
Le’ Veon Bell joining the New York Jets
In March of 2019, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets with $35 million guaranteed, making him the second-highest-paid running back in the league. Bell finished the 2019 season appearing and starting in 15 games and rushing for 789 yards with three touchdowns, and he had 461 receiving yards with one touchdown.
After the 2019 season, Bell entered the 2020 season as the Jets No. 1 running back. He suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 and was placed on injured reserve. After missing a few games, he was activated on October 10. In Week 5, Bell returned to the field against the Arizona Cardinals. He rushed for 60 yards during the game and caught one pass for seven yards in the Jets loss. After the game, Bell liked a tweet suggesting that the Jets should trade him. Now here we are, and Bell is no longer a member of the Jets.
Le’ Veon Bell sending out a message to his doubters
It wasn’t long until Bell went to Twitter to deliver a message to his doubters. Bell first tweeted out the praying hand’s emoji, and then he tweeted a picture of himself with the caption, “got a lot to prove. i’m ready to go.” From that tweet alone, Bell knows he still has what it takes to be successful in the league, and he’s ready to showcase his talents.
The question is, will there be a team that wants to take a chance on him? When he signed with the Jets, they were high on him, but it didn’t take long for them to realize they don’t want him on the team anymore. It will be interesting to see how long Bell will be out of the league.