There are a lot of successful and well-run organizations in football, and then there are the New York Jets. Sitting at 0-5 and with little to no perspective of getting any better, the team is among the worst in the game today — if not the worst altogether. Another example came on late Tuesday, when the club announced that it had released veteran running back Le’Veon Bell.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas released the following statement about the move:
After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon. The Jets organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interest of both parties and wish him future success.
There had been rumors that Bell was unhappy with his role in the Jets’ offense, and that the team was trying to trade him. With such a move not materializing, the club has now decided to release him.
Getting rid of Bell will not move the needle all too much for New York, but it reflects poorly on the team’s decision to sign him to a four-year, $52.5 million contract last offseason. Since then, Bell has appeared in 17 games while touching the football 333 times for a combined 1,363 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. Given that he earned $27.53 million from the team, it effectively paid Bell $6.88 million for each time he found the end zone.
To make matters worse, the Jets will also carry a dead money charge of $15.06 million this year as well as another $4 million in 2021.