Le’Veon Bell has had nothing short of a rocky tenure with the New York Jets. Things have continued to move south due to the Jets‘ struggles to find any success over the last two seasons. It has also led New York to signal that Bell’s time with the team is nearing its end.
Le’Veon Bell’s rough tenure with the Jets
Since Le’Veon Bell elected to ink a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets, his tenure with the franchise has been on shaky ground.
Much of which came with backlash from head coach Adam Gase not being onboard with the move. Bell has voiced his desire to remain with the franchise throughout the process, but things have continued to play out in underwhelming fashion.
Bell’s production hasn’t been anywhere near the expectations of his contract. He struggled to find success in his first campaign as he finished with 789 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 66 receptions for 461 receiving yards and a touchdown. That saw him fail to secure a single game with at least 100 rushing yards.
Things have taken a bumpy start in the 2020 season as he missed three games due to injury. Bell made his return against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, but has just 74 rushing yards on 19 attempts with three catches for 39 receiving yards on the season.
All of that has again pushed forward chatter that his future with the Jets is on unstable ground.
Jets are attempting to trade Le’Veon Bell
The New York Jets are headed toward falling well short of reaching the playoffs after dropping their first five games of the 2020 season.
That has also pushed forward the talk around Le’Veon Bell’s future with the franchise. According to Albert Breer of SI.com, the Jets have discussed a possible trade for Bell with a few other teams while outlining what it make take to get a deal done.
It’s quite clear that the Jets want to move on from Bell as he hasn’t played anywhere near the expectations. Granted, New York hasn’t provided the opportunity for him to succeed; it’s a pairing that hasn’t worked out in any positive manner. The writing is on the wall, and it may just be a matter of time before a trade is worked out.
The Jets have lowered the bar for the asking price for a late-round choice, which should help navigate the waters toward getting a trade done. Things have taken a disappointing route over the last two seasons for Bell, but a move elsewhere may be what he needs to get his career back on track.
A fresh new start ahead
Before arriving to the New York Jets, Le’Veon Bell had garnered the reputation as one of the league’s top running backs.
Sitting out the entire 2018 season took a ding his reputation, but his production spoke for itself behind his dual-threat ability. That lofty recognition has taken a backseat during his time with New York as he has struggled to produce anywhere near a Pro Bowl level. It has also seen him deal with injuries that have further hindered his performance.
A trade could be the perfect opportunity to get his career back on track to prove he’s still an elite talent. Bell may not step into a situation where he has a significant role right away, but the chance to shine again will be there.
The entire matter is out of his hands, and all he can do is wait and see what unfolds in the next few weeks ahead of the trade deadline.