It turns out that there was some truth in reports that New York Jets considered trading away their star running back Le’Veon Bell ahead of NFL trade deadline on Tuesday. This was confirmed by none other than Bell himself during his interview on “Uninterrupted.”
Bell revealed that his agent told him several NFL teams called Jets about him and tried to trade him. The list of teams included Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and most surprisingly his old team Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite the interest, the 27-year-old stayed in New York as Jets set a high asking price for him.
“I found out through my agent he had talked to the Jets and there were teams like Houston, the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs and, surprisingly, the Steelers were all in the mix in trying to trade for me,” – said Bell. “The Jets were really asking for a high price and a lot for me. On top of that, my actual contract was kind of tough for teams to deal with, which is understandable. Not too many teams want to pay that high of a price for a running back.”
After sitting out the 2018 NFL season while a member of the Steelers, Le’Veon Bell became a free agent in March and signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with Jets. Bell was expected to boost Jets’ struggling offense and be the playmaker that the team needed. Things, however, didn’t turn out as expected so far in the season.
Bell has been struggling behind Jets’ inconsistent offensive line and has a career-low of 3.2 yards per carry in the first eight weeks. He is yet to rush more than 70 yards in a game as a member of the Jets and has only one rushing touchdown.