The trade deadline is fast approaching in the next few hours, which has already seen plenty of movement across the league over the last several days with Jalen Ramsey moved to the Los Angeles Rams and Kenyan Drake traded to the Arizona Cardinals. There are a few other prominent names on the market, which now includes New York Jets star running back Le’Veon Bell.
Jets’ rocky start to 2019 season
It hasn’t been anywhere near the type of start that the Jets would have envisioned, having dropped six out of their first seven contests.
Sam Darnold‘s absence for nearly a month has certainly contributed to their porous start, but the Jets’ performance on the field has largely been underwhelming. The team has quickly fallen out of playoff contention at the midway point of the season.
it has turned the franchise into a fire sale with the team moving off former first-round pick Leonard Williams in a trade to the New York Giants. Meanwhile, there has been constant chatter around Robby Anderson’s future with the team.
All of that has now shifted over to Le’Veon Bell being thrown into the mix as a potential trade asset ahead of the trade deadline on Tuesday afternoon.
Jets make Le’Veon Bell available, several teams interested
Throughout the last few months, there has been an underlying sense around the franchise that Bell’s tenure may not make it through the duration of four-year, $52.5 million deal.
The Jets’ poor start has led the front office open to moving several key players in the mix, which now includes the Pro Bowl running back, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The Daily News has learned that Gang Green is amenable to dealing the perennial Pro Bowl running back for the right price before the 4 p.m. trade deadline. Although it’s unclear what that price tag has been during discussions, there are legitimate buyers.
The same report also suggested that the likes of the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles would all be interested. Each of these teams possesses the need to bulk up their backfield for the push towards the playoffs.
At the same time, the asking price for Bell could be quite high as he’s one of the game’s premier running backs that could immediately step in to make a significant difference wherever he may land. The only question will be whether any of those prospective teams will present a lucrative enough trade offer.
Le’Veon Bell on borrowed time in New York
Bell has quickly entered some shaky ground with the franchise that even if he doesn’t get moved by the trade deadline, he could be on the move in the offseason.
There were reports back in March that stated that head coach Adam Gase wasn’t a big fan of the move to sign the star running back in the first place. It also didn’t help that he’s inked to a lucrative contract that pays him as one of the highest-paid players at his position.
Bell hasn’t produced at an elite level through the first seven games, but he’s proven to be one of the most talented running backs in the league. A fresh new situation may be what he needs to get his career back on track.
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, it may just be a matter of time before the Jets move on from Bell.