Le’Veon Bell was the New York Jets’ most-prized free agent signing this off-season. But after general manager Mike Maccagnan was dismissed recently, rumors popped up that the Jets were considering trading the star running back before he even played a down.
That seems extreme, but the reasoning was that since new head coach Adam Gase reportedly didn’t want to sign Bell for big money, his place on the roster was in jeopardy. After all, Gase won a power struggle with Maccagnan after only a few months on the job and is currently the team’s acting GM.
Addressing the media this morning, Gase tried to put that speculation to rest. He insists the Jets aren’t trading Bell.
In fact, Gase called the idea “ridiculous.”
Jets coach Adam Gase asked about idea that Le'Veon Bell could be dealt …
Gase: "That's ridiculous."
Reporter: "So that's not gonna happen?"
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 23, 2019
Of course, it would be ridiculous for the Jets to trade Bell before he played a game for the team. Even if you don’t like his price tag, he should be a tremendous weapon for their offense this season.
However, considering Gase poo-pooed any talk of a riff between he and Maccagnan for weeks leading up to the GM’s firing, we have to take what he said here with a grain of salt.
The Jets shouldn’t and probably won’t trade Bell, but Gase’s word can’t be trusted 100 percent.